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Endosulfan kills fishes in Karala River

endosulfan kills fishesThe West Bengal government on December 31 sanctioned funds of rs 6 crore for the cleaning up of the Karala river flowing through Jalpaiguri in the state. The government swung into action after the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute confirmed that presence of abnormally high rate of endosulfan in the Karala river that killed thousands of fish belonging to 33 species. This was reported on November 28.

HC orders to check adulteration in veggies

high courtThe Delhi High Court, on December 9,  directed both the Centre and Delhi government to devise ways for checking adulteration of vegetables by harmful pesticides. The court set a deadline for to months for both the centre and the state. The court is keen to know exactly at what stage the vegetables are adulterated.

Murky Milk

FSSAI goes on the backfoot soon after the study is released; denies claims made by themselves

IRRI calls for regulating pesticide use

irriAccording to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), certain pesticides should be completely banned from use in rice and governments in Asian countries should improve their pesticides regulations. IRRI is based in Manila, the Philippines.
 

US drug authority rejects petitions seeking ban on antibiotics in animal feed

antibioticsCurbing use of antibiotics in animal feed can help reduce drug resistance in livestock and humans. But the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) clearly wasn't inclined to do so. On November 7, 2011, USFDA rejected two citizens' petitions seeking ban on use of antibiotics in animal feed or in water for purposes other than treatment of diseases. The petitions also sought withdrawal of approval for most uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed.

Pesticide Residue levels in EU fall

pesticide residuesPesticide residues found in food in the European Union fell in 2009 compared with 2008, announced EU's food safety agency on November 8. This, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) added was due to the tightening of safety rules and changes in patterns of pesticide use in Europe.

Home mulls over Plachimada Tribunal Bill

Plachimada Tribunal Bill

The victims of groundwater depletion and environmental pollution at Plachimada, Kerala, caused by the Hindustan Coca Cola Beverage Company, will have to wait longer. The Plachimada Coca-Cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill 2011 is still with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) while it should have been on its way for presidential assent to make it an Act.

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