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Bombay High Court: Excessive amount of pesticides in fruits

Today, the Bombay High Court summoned senior officials from the Maharashtra Public Health and Food and Civil Supplies departments, over a plea alleging use of excessive amounts of pesticides and antibiotics in fruits, vegetables and poultry sold across the state.

A bench of Justices directed the authorities concerned to list the steps being taken to check the use of excess pesticides in fruits and vegetables.

According to, the case was filed by an NGO from the city seeking directions for prohibiting usage of excess amounts of pesticides by farmers, usage of chemicals by retailers for ripening of fruits and vegetables (and use of antibiotics and growth hormones for poultry).

The counsel of the Union government, which was made a party in the matter, told the High Court there already are standards for usage of pesticides, preservatives and other such items. It was up to the state authorities to implement such standards and ensure that the prescribed rules were not being breached, he said.

The High Court has directed the officials concerned to be present in court next Wednesday.

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