‘Need special cell to monitor pesticide residue in vegetables’

New Delhi, Thu May 30 2013

Favouring intensified monitoring of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables sold in Delhi, an expert committee set up by the High Court on Wednesday suggested that the Delhi government establish a special cell to handle such issues.

Filing its suggestions before the bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath, the committee comprising experts and government officials said the pesticide residue testing infrastructure with the city government is also required to be strengthened.

“The monitoring of pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables sold in Delhi should be intensified in the public interest. The Delhi government may consider establishing a Pesticide Residue Management Cell (PRMC) under the control of Food Commissioner of the state,” the panel, set up to to look into the issue pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables sold in Delhi, recommended.