The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under a law passed last year intended to crack down on dangerous chemicals. These toxic chemicals may harm children, damage nerve tissue, cause cancer, pollute the environment or show up in consumer products. The list includes chemicals like Asbestos, 1-Bromopropane, Carbon Tetrachloride, 1,4-Dioxane, Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster, Methylene Chloride, N-Methylpyrrolidone, Perchloroethylene, Pigment Violet 29 and Trichloroethylene. Continue reading
Whenever we read about the unfortunate deaths of farmers across India due to pesticide poisoning, we often wonder what our governments and judicial bodies are doing about it. Who will account for the 35 farmers that died and the hundreds who have become ill due to pesticide poisoning in several districts of Vidharba region in Maharashtra since July this year?
In the backdrop of this unfortunate incident in Vidharbha, the Centre for Science and Environment on Wednesday has come up with a list of seven extremely or highly hazardous pesticides which continue to be used in India despite being banned in many countries. Continue reading
According to a new study, India will see the highest growth rate in antibiotic usage in food animals between now and 2030. 4,796 tons of antibiotics will be fed to animals if regulatory authorities do not step in.
A lid on the high amount of antibiotics administrated to the animals, and a price hike in veterinary antibiotics could help India big time. Continue reading
Diwali is a time when Indians stop caring about their blood sugar levels and gorge on traditional Indian mithais. Most of the sweets consumed during Diwali have khoya present in it, which is made with milk thickened by cooking for hours together on low heat.
With the demand of khoya is on the rise, vendors may adulterate it using harmful chemicals. So if you are buying khoya from outside or buying a mithai made with khoya, there is a chance it is not safe for consumption. Continue reading
Consumer rights group CERC (Consumer Education and Research centre) has approached the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), seeking regulations to limit the amount of fat and sugar in cream biscuits.
CERC said that it had tested 10 major brands of cream biscuits at its in-house laboratory in Ahmedabad and most of them had “unacceptably high sugar and fat content”. Continue reading