The FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) has urged officials to test imported pulses agricultural commodities for the presence of toxins.
With the end goal to guarantee toxins free pulses for consumers, the FSSAI has requested testing of imported pulses, for example, Lentils, Dry Bean, Peas, Soybean in order to check the presence of lethal herbicide glyphosate utilized by agriculturists in a few nations to forestall weeds in the crop.
India’s top food regulator has requested its imports division to check shipment of pulses for the presence of herbicide glyphosate alongside other testing parameters.
These samples must be tested by regional laboratories and the outcomes must be reported to FSSAI within 15 days, the regulator stated in its order.
The FSSAI has requested the concerned officials to follow the MRL (Maximum Residual Limits) for the herbicide Glyphosate as specified in the Codex standards since the MRL for Glyphosate in pulses agricultural commodities has not been specified in the FSSAI regulations.
This MRL as specified in the Codex standards will also be considered for import clearance purpose, stated an official from the FSSAI.
Our country is yet to have its very own norms for herbicide Glyphosate residues in lentils in spite of importing more than 5 million tons of pulses. As of now, India has chosen to follow the global parameters to guarantee that the pulses being sold and imported in the nation are safe for utilization, according to The pioneer.
India’s top food regulator FSSAI has at last woken up to guarantee Indians for the very poisonous lentils imported from nations like Australia and Canada.
Our country imports a considerable measure of pulses from nations like Canada, Australia, and Russia. FSSAI stated that there is a probability of a more elevated amount of residues of herbicide “Glyphosate” in pulses agricultural commodities which could antagonistically affect the consumers’ health, as reported on The Times of India.[The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and/or the official policy of the website. ]