No facility to test oxytocin in fruits, vegetables: Delhi govt

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 21:09

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday
admitted before the High Court here today that there was no
facility available to test the presence of oxytocin, which
could cause cancer, in food articles.

The standing counsel of the government submitted that
food products order is not implemented by Prevention of Food
Adulteration department and that no testing facility is
available to see the presence of oxytocin in food articles in
Prevention of Food Adulteration Lab.
The HC asked the city government to file a proper
affidavit on food adulteration after the standing counsel told
the court to ignore the present one as there were some
typographical errors in it.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Manmohan allowed Najmi Waziri to withdraw the present
affidavit.

The Bench asked the lawyer to file the proper affidavit
by January 19.

The Bench was hearing a PIL seeking directions to the
city government to take appropriate steps for preventing
artificially coloured vegetables and fruits in markets here.

"Use of such chemicals in eatables causes cancer and
other diseases," the petitioner`s counsel Sugreev Dubey said
adding the concerned authority failed to take any action
despite making several complaints to it since last year.
According to the petitioner Salek Chand Jain, though
rules under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act were
notified in the year 2000, adulteration is going on unabated.

He also said traders make use of oxytocin in various
agricultural products for giving a fresh and shining look to
attract the consumers.

The counsel alleged the traders start polishing fruits
and vegetables with artificial colours to make them appear
fresh after their transportation to markets.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 21:09

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