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Banned pesticides detected in NCR farm produce: JNU study

Source: Indian Express, Date: , 2015

Over 20 banned pesticides under the category of organochlorines (OCPs) have been found in produce in Delhi-NCR in quantities that exceed the internationally defined permissible limits, a study conducted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on 52 vegetable samples found. The study, published in the international journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research, also measured health risk on the basis of annual vegetable consumption, age and body weight. The study found a high lifetime cancer risk in children and adults, which authors said was “serious concern for Delhi population”. Vegetable samples including radish, radish leaf, cauliflower, brinjal, okra, and smooth gourd were collected from Najafgarh, Mehrauli, Shahadra, Alipur, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Kanjhawala in 2012, to identify pesticide exposure in root, leafy and fruit type vegetables.

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