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Antiboitics in Honey

Ayurveda prescribes it for a range of ailments. People eat it for rejuvenation and boosting immunity. An Indian homemaker’s kitchen shelf is incomplete without a jar of this amber liquid. But without quality and safety controls, this gift of nature has been contaminated. CSE laboratory tests find high levels of antibiotics in well-known brands of honey sold in the market.

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Antibiotics in honey

Honey has the image of being a natural and healthy product. However, today honey is produced in an environment, polluted by different sources of contamination. The
contamination sources can be environmental and apicultural ones. Environmental contaminants are pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria and radioactivity.

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CSE Lab Report: Phthalates in Toys

Delhi NGO Centre for Science and Environment tested 24 toy samples of major brands for the presence of phthalates. In October 2008, it randomly purchased toy samples from markets in Delhi. Fifteen were soft toys and nine hard toys made in four countries. Tests showed all samples contained one or more phthalates— DEHP, DINP, DBP ( di-n-butyl phthalate) and BBP (benzyl butyl phthalate), all harmful—in varying concentrations.
 
 

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HEALTH IMPACTS: WATER POLLUTANTS

 

Physico-chemicals parameters and their significance

HEALTH IMPACTS: AIR POLLUTION

 

Major air pollutants and their associated health hazards

HEALTH IMPACTS: PESTICIDES

 

Application and health effects of pesticides commonly used in India

 
S.No. Pesticide Name

What it is used for

METHODOLOGY: AIR POLLUTION

Pollutants Methods of Measurement BIS Method No. Time Weighted Average
Suspended Particulate Matter (PM100) Respirable Dust Sampler IS- 5182 (part 4) 1973 24 hourly
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