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India: DuPont held responsible for pesticide residue in grapes

The Nashik District Consumer Complaints and Redressal Forum has held a pesticides company responsible for the rejection of Indian grapes in the international market because of chemical residues were found in the fruit.

E.I. DuPont India Limited has been ordered to pay Rs870,000 (€11,000) in compensation to the two farmers, for losses sustained in their export business. "The company has sold its product to the farmer saying it would have maximum residue level of 0.01 mg per kg. That is why the farmer bought the pesticide and sprayed it on grapes intended for export. If the produce was ready and sent abroad but failed only on this single criterion of chemical levels in fruit, then the company is squarely responsible for it," the Forum said, questioning why this particular farmer was not getting compensation, when others were.

Meerabai Sudhakar and Sudhakar Rambhau Malode, farmers and residents of Mohadi village, Dindori taluka of Nashik district had registered a case with the Forum on November 19, 2015, seeking justice against the pesticide manufacturer.

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports how Malode had bought DuPont Benevia pesticide from El DuPont India Limited after the company promised less chemical residue in the fruit; a major condition for grapes to qualify for export to European countries.


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