New Delhi: Oxytocin, the hormone much inthe news recently for being used to ripen fruits andvegetables, might not after all have any such effect on fooditems. A study by the Punjab Agricultural University on theeffect of oxytocin on the yield and quality of bottle gourdrevealed that the number of vegetables and their weight wasunaltered with the injection of the hormone. It had no effect on crop yield, according to a writtenreply submitted in the Rajya Sabha by the Health Ministry.
Trivedi had written a letter to Health SecretarySujatha Rao urging the ministry to take immediate actionagainst the indiscriminate use of the harmful Oxytocin byfarmers. According to medical practitioners and other healthexperts, the most difficult part is identifying any fruit orvegetable which has been grown with the help of oxytocin andnot in the natural manner.PTI
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