HC asks Delhi govt to appoint FSOs to keep a check on pesticides in veggies
The Delhi High Court has directed the Government of NCT (National Capital Territory) Delhi to appoint food safety officers in eight weeks to keep check on the use of pesticides in vegetables and fruits. The court had taken suo motu cognizance of a report by an NGO (non-governmental organisation) which revealed the amount of pesticides used by farmers in India and claimed that it was 750 times higher than European standards.
The court has asked Delhi government to file an affidavit with regards to steps taken to appoint food safety officers while referring the next date of hearing as August 10.
The court’s direction came after it was told by the amicus curiae that there is scarcity of food safety officers in Delhi for collecting samples, and the Delhi government had also accepted that in its affidavit filed in November last year.
A report submitted by the amicus curiae had earlier said that in a number of fruits and vegetables, pesticide residues were found beyond permissible limits. A large quantity of vegetables and fruits sold in the capital contains dangerous pesticides that can cause serious issues, according to the report.