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Officials stress: More checks necessary

Nepal-India border sees imports of pesticide-contaminated foodstuffs

Sources claim that the import of pesticide-contaminated vegetables and other food items continues unabated through the Nepal-India border in Parsa district. A lack of efficient monitoring is said to be the reason this can still continue.

The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) organised a meeting where speakers stressed the need of implementing laws relating to hygiene along the Nepal India borders so as to check import of excessive pesticide-laced products.

On the occasion, President of the Birgunj Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gopal Kediya emphasised that the concerned authority should focus on checking vegetables and other products laced with excessive pesticide being imported from neighbouring India having their impacts on people's health.

Similarly, Director General of the DFTQC Dr Matina Joshi said effective implementation of laws related to food security, consumer's health and products had been emphasised since Nepal became a member of the World Trade Organisation.


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