Question raised in Lok Sabha on Adverse Effect of Insecticides, 26/04/2016

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Adverse Effect of Insecticides, 26/04/2016. The Central Government monitors pesticides residues in various agricultural commodities etc. under the central scheme “Monitoring of Pesticides Residues at National Level” (MPRNL). The annual report of MPRNL for 2014-15 shows that 2.6 % of all samples of commodities contained pesticide residues above the Maximum Residues Limits (MRLs) fixed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. During the period (2011-12 to 2014-15 ), a total of 70,850 samples of various food commodities such as vegetables, fruits, cereals, spices, pulses, milk, butter, fish, meat, tea, honey etc. and environmental samples like soil and water were collected and analyzed. Out of which 1778 (2.5%) samples were found to contain pesticide residues above MRLs. The year wise details are at Annexure-I.