Plant protection residues in vegetables exceed allowable limits

Vietnam Administration of Food under the Ministry of Health yesterday said that through inspection on vegetables in Hanoi wholesale markets related agencies detected plant protection residues on many vegetable samples exceeded the allowable limits.
Inspectors from the Administration have taken samples of vegetables in some wholesales markets in Hanoi for testing. They have discovered that pesticide traces in 40/120 vegetables samples exceeded allowable limits.

Tests also detected the presence of Carbofuran - one of the most toxic carbamate pesticides- in 13 samples and Cypermethrin – a pesticide for killing butterflies, mosquitoes, insects and harmful for human being health.

Worse, 9 out of 120 samples have both mentioned-above pesticides.
head of the Department to supervise food poisoning under the Vietnam Administration of Food Lam Quoc Hung said that 14 samples were  water morning glory,  21 were sweet leaf and 5 were climbing spinach. Of 40 vegetables samples with plant protection residues, 38 were planted in Hanoi and 2 grown in other provinces.

By Quoc Lap – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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