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Inspection of chemical-laced vegetables underway in Guwahati

Following directives from the Gauhati High Court, the State Government has started inspections to check the entry of fruits and vegetables laced with harmful chemicals into Guwahati.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 March 2023 2:22 AM GMT

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI: Following directives from the Gauhati High Court, the State Government has started inspections to check the entry of fruits and vegetables laced with harmful chemicals into Guwahati.

In its order after hearing a PIL (18/2018), the Gauhati High Court has asked all the authorities concerned to come up with a modus operandi to test vegetables at the entry points of the city and to prevent vegetables containing harmful chemicals from making their way to the markets of the city.

After the order of the Court, teams task forces comprising officials from the departments of Agriculture, Transport, GMC and the police led by food safety, officials started the collection of fruit and vegetable samples from the city’s entry points from March 25, 2023, including Azara, Jalukbari, Bonda, Narengi and Jorabat.

According to sources, the squads collected around 75 samples of various products till date, and sent them for testing at the State Public Health Laboratory in the city. If the tests find any harmful products, the authorities will take action.

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