A Mumbai based NGO, Citizen Circle for Social Welfare and Education files a PIL in Bombay High Court to prohibit the use of pesticides in fruits and vegetables by farmers for artificial ripening. The PIL also seeks an embargo on the sale of chicken containing antibiotics by multinational fast food brands like McDonalds and Subway.
Petitioners have relied on a Zee news story entitled “Chemicals in fruits and vegetables-What they do to your body”.They stated that the vendors are using chemicals such as monosodium glutamate, neurotoxin flavours, calcium carbide and ethylene etc, for quick/artificial ripening of fruits and subject vegetables to chemicals in order to give unnatural shine/polish/fresh look to the vegetables.
It is also claimed in the petition that farmers use excess quantity of pesticides without knowing their consequences and as a result of that one of the farmers died in Maharashtra on October 8, 2017.
The petition also states that the fruits which was exported to Switzerland contains excess pesticides than fixed by European Union.
Apart from the Union and State, the other parties such as Food and Drug Administration, Food and Safety Commissioner of Maharashtra are also included as the respondents in the petition.
Advocate Shehzad Naqvi is appearing on behalf of the petitioners in the matter.