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Activist forces Canada to test food samples

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 19, 2018, 6:15 am IST
Updated Jul 19, 2018, 6:15 am IST
The testing revealed that pulses that are imported to India from Canada and Australia are highly toxic.
It took years of effort for Mr Mitra, a retired marine engineer and has turned food security activist, before the Canadian government agreed.
 It took years of effort for Mr Mitra, a retired marine engineer and has turned food security activist, before the Canadian government agreed.

Vijayawada: An India-born Canadian citizen, Mr Tony Mitra,  has made the Canadian government test food samples for glyphosate, a dangerous herbicide. It took years of effort for Mr Mitra, a retired marine engineer and has turned food security activist, before the Canadian government agreed.

The testing revealed that pulses that are imported to India from Canada and Australia are highly toxic. “It took almost five years to make the Canada government test food items and agri products imported from outside for glyphosate.”

 

He said the CFAI had collected thousands of samples and the results were shocking. “That is how I came to know that extremely toxic pulses, grown in Canada and Australia, are being imported by India,” Mr Mitra said.

He said the people in India need to find ways to force their government to initiate broad-based testing of food. “This is the only way Indian consumers will know how much of glyphosate they are consuming daily from their food,” he said.

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