Study: Spices And Masala Produced In The State Unsafe
On Dec 27, 2014
|Trivandrum: The pesticide residue lab of Kerala Agriculture University at Vellayani has found dangerous levels of pesticides in twenty types of spices and masala powders produced inside the state in the tests conducted during April-June this year.
But 98 percent of vegetable samples collected from farms within Kerala have come under safe-to-eat category. The pesticide residue lab collected 134 samples of 20 types of spices and masala powders from various government outlets in the state.
Red amaranthus, bitter gourd, cucumber contains pesticides in the case of vegetables whereas Jeera, Masala, elaichi contain pesticides.
In the case of farm products, out of 711 samples collected, 696 met standards prescribed by the lab. Not a single sample collected from Kasargod was found to have pesticides in it. Out of the 650 vegetable samples collected from Trivandrum only 15 breached the standards.
According to Head of Pesticide Residue Lab while talking to Yentha said, “It takes 5-7 days to get the result and we use government funds to undertake the study.” He also said that, “98 percent of vegetables collected from farms across the state do not contain pesticides but spices and masalas contain pesticides.”
The study also found out that two types of dried fruits, grapes and dates also contain high levels of pesticides.
Editor’s note: We will speak to masala makers to get their response.