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PIL against insecticide use to ripen fruits: HC seeks Centre, FSSAI reply

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court on Monday sought response of the Centre and the authority on a public interest litigation seeking directions prohibiting use of insecticide for artificial of fruits.

A bench of and Justice V K Rao issued notice to the and the and (FSSAI) and sought their stand on the plea which has claimed that the was being used despite it being banned by several states.

According to the petition, is an insecticide which also contains Calcium and is hazardous to health.

Though the court observed that the manner in which fruits were being ripened was not correct as even before season mangoes were often available in the market, the bench did not stay the use of the till the next date of hearing on January 24 next year as urged by the petitioner.

The petition by Shivashish Dwivedi has claimed that while only the use of is permitted for fruits, the farmers were allegedly using sachets of ethephon, which is an insecticide.

It has also alleged that the chemical, apart from containing Calcium Carbide, was also mildly explosive and the FSSAI was not taking steps to prevent its use to ripen fruits.

The FSSAI, represented by Mehmood Pracha, said the has a more important role to play as it controls the use of the insecticide.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:55 IST