India: Extra checks for veg during festival season

Food Safety officials are picking up random vegetable samples from the market to test them for the presence of any pesticide or insecticide residue.

The market is currently flooded with vegetables from places which are not the regular sources of procurement with the arrival of the festival season. The action by the Food Safety officials is to prepare for the Onam and Bakrid festivals which are around the corner.

Look out for leafy vegetables
Leafy vegetables are more likely to harbour chemicals. They have been found to carry high levels of chemicals in earlier tests. Various markets in the district, which source vegetables from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, have been selected for sample testing.

Samples have been sent to the Ernakulam Regional Analytical Laboratory and the laboratory at Vellayani in Thiruvananthapuram. The results are yet to be out, but the department would take strong action if the vegetables were found unfit for human consumption, said District Chief Food Inspector K. V. Shibu.


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