CHEM­I­CALS AND CODEX STAN­DARDS

Deccan Chronicle - - City -

Sul­fur diox­ide: Lev­els of use to max­i­mum 300 ppm ac­cord­ing to Codex stan­dards. Found in In­dia to be as high as 2000 ppm in de­hy­drated fruits and veg­eta­bles.

■ Chlor­fenopyr: Lev­els in Cab­bage have to be 0.05 ppm but are found to be as high as 10 ppm.

■ Flufe­nacet and Bupro­fezin in Rice to be 0.05 ppm but found to be­tween 10 to 15 ppm.

■Glufo sin ate am­mo­nium in tea lev­els have to be 0.01 ppm but found to be 5 ppm to 8 pm.

■ Pho­r­ate (sum ofPho­r­ate, its oxyge- nana­logue and their sulphox­ides and sul­phones in food grains have to be

0.05 ppm. In Milled food grains to be

0.01 pm but the vari­a­tions ex­ist from

2 ppm to 7 ppm.

■ Pho­r­ates in oil seeds, sug­ar­cane, eggs, meat and poul­try is 0.05 ppm but is found to be be­tween 7 ppm to 14 ppm

■ At to­tal of 150 dif­fer­ent chem­i­cals have been listed in the Codex stan­dards by the gov­ern­ment which are now avail­able to the food in­dus­try, agri­cul­ture pro­cess­ing units and or­ganic farm units to un­der­stand the residue lev­els. While there is aware­ness the im­prove­ments in tech­nol­ogy and good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices have to yet be im­ple­mented to en­sure that tox­i­c­ity lev­els are re­duced.

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