Pesticide lobby slaps notice on T V Anupama

DECCAN CHRONICLE | SHAINU MOHAN
Published Jul 18, 2015, 7:31 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 12:22 pm IST
The meeting of southern states called by the government on Tuesday was postponed
T.V. Anupama
 T.V. Anupama

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala and Tamil Nadu are at loggerheads over the pesticides-ridden  vegetables and fruits being sent here from that state.  

After the pesticide lobby – the Crop Care Federation of India –  slapped  a legal notice on Food Safety Commissioner T.V. Anupama, the  Kerala government  retaliated  by saying it amounted to  preventing the  commissioner from discharging her duty.

 

According to sources, the pesticide lobby served the notice based on an online  report on the high level of pesticides  in vegetables sent from Tamil Nadu. The pesticide manufacturers have demanded an explanation from the commissioner for kicking off a campaign to discredit the quality of vegetables being cultivated in that state.   

“The notice was  threatening  and it’s unacceptable. They should have sent  the notice to the publisher of the news item. This notice can be treated as an obstruction which is a non-bailable offence,” said an official.

 

“Every decision and step taken by the Food Safety Commissioner to ensure food safety is the statutory responsibility as per the Food Safety and Standards Act which  gives one full protection,” the official added.

The meeting of southern states called by the government on Tuesday was postponed. According to officials,  Tamil Nadu has stopped cooperating with Kerala.

“Initially, the Tamil Nadu government took several measures to control the usage of pesticides but now the issue has turned political and they have stopped cooperating with us,” said a source. Tamil Nadu’s pesticide market is close to Rs 600 - 700 crore.

 

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Location: Kerala




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