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FSSAI issues advisory on Honey

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued an advisory in the last week of September stating that no antibiotics and pesticide residues are allowed in honey.

Contaminated Honey reaches Rajya Sabha

Minister of state for agriculture, consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Prof K V Thomas in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on CSE’s report also stated that the European Union had banned the export of honey from India, on account of positive detection of heavy metals and other contaminants, reported in the Residual Monitoring Plan.

BIS to release Phthalates standard in two months

The Bombay High Court directed the Bureau of Indian Standards on March 24,2011 to set standards on phthalates in toys within two months. The court also directed the Ministry of Commerce, once the BIS sets standards, to issue a notification mandating the phthalates standards in toys.

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BIS agrees Phthalates are harmful

The BIS agrees that there is a need to regulate the use of phthalates in toys. The BIS stated this in a response to the Bombay High Court on Feb 24th 2011.

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ICMR committee to test heavy metals and phthalates in toys.

A committee formed to test toxicity of heavy metals and phthalates in toys will begin their investigation soon.

Round Table Meet on the MMDR (draft) Act, 2010

CSE, in collaboration with Ekta Parishad, conducted a roundtable in Rourkela (Kalunga) on the MMDR (draft) Act 2010. The objective was to expose the direct stakeholders like affected people and grassroot level NGOs to the draft act and the special provision of 'profit sharing'. The meeting was attended by stakeholders from the states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand. The meeting opened with a presentation from Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE on the provisions of the act and what they might imply.

Sharing the wealth of minerals: Policies and practices across the world

Note by the Centre for Science and Environment, based on extensive research published in its book, Rich Lands, Poor People: is ‘sustainable mining possible?
August 2010

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