Food & Agri

Dried chilly sold in Kerala hazardous: Report

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017,12:01 IST By TP Shaiju A A A

Thrissur | Dried red chilly sold in Kerala markets contains chemicals that pose serious health hazards.

A report submitted to the state government by the Pesticide Residue Research and Analytical Laboratory at College of Agriculture in Vellayani pointed out the presence of chemical substances banned in many countries.

Poisonous insecticides such as Ethion, Chlorpyrifos, Cypermethrin, Bifenthrin and Lambda-cyhalothrin, were found in excessive quantities in dried red chilly, chilly powder and mulaku kondaattam, the report says.

Ethion, which causes cancer and neurological disorders, has long been banned in several nations including the United States.

Dried chilly contains an average of 0.99 ppm of Ethion.

Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide banned in many countries after it was found to have affected cerebral functioning of infants born to women who consumed dred chilly during pregnancy.

Dried chilly sold in Kerala contains an average of 0.06 ppm of Chlorpyrifos.

It was shocking that all samples of spices collected from about 100 grocery shops across the state contained hazardous chemicals, the report says.

T he consumption of such food items over the years may have led to the rise in diseases in Kerala, according to health experts.