Im­port of chill­ies banned

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The Bhutan Agri­cul­ture & Food Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture & Forests has been car­ry­ing out reg­u­lar sur­veil­lance of pesticide con­tents in fruits & veg­eta­bles through the use of field test kits & lab­o­ra­tory test­ing to en­sure food safety in Bhutan.

Fol­low­ing the pos­i­tive test result con­firmed through lab­o­ra­tory test­ing for one va­ri­ety of im­ported chilli dur­ing the month of May 2016, all va­ri­eties of im­ported chill­ies that were avail­able in the mar­ket were screened for pesticide residues. Three im­ported chill­ies namely Hy­brid, Terasani & Akashi were sent to Ex­port In­spec­tion Agency lab­o­ra­tory, In­dia for test­ing. The sam­ples were tested against the four ma­jor groups of pes­ti­cides.

As per the Lab­o­ra­tory re­port, all three im­ported chilli va­ri­eties showed the pres­ence of 4-Bromo-2Cholorophe­nol, a pesticide be­long­ing to organochor- ine Group. Ac­cord­ing to the WHO Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Pes­ti­cides, 4-Bromo-2Cholorophe­nol is con­sid­ered to be mod­er­ately toxic (WHO Class II) and its use is not per­mit­ted in Bhutan.

There­fore, the Bhutan Agri­cul­ture & Food Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture & Forests had no­ti­fied the gen­eral pub­lic that a tem­po­rary ban on all im­ported chill­ies is be­ing put in place with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The reg­u­la­tory and quar­an­tine in­spec­tors of BAFRA in all the 20 Dzongkhags will strictly mon­i­tor the im­ple­ment of this tem­po­rary ban.

The ban is in the in­ter­est of pub­lic health & safety and there­fore all con­cerned are re­quested to give their full co­op­er­a­tion in im­ple­ment­ing this ban.

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