EU Flags Deadly Contaminants in Indian Exports

  • 06 May 2024

Beyond ethylene oxide, EU recently stated that they found over 400 Indian products tainted with heavy metals, pesticides, and carcinogens, raising serious health concerns.

Key Points

  • EU Flags Multiple Contaminants: Analysis reveals 400+ Indian exports contaminated with lead, mercury, cadmium, and pesticides.
  • Lead Contamination: 14 products, including ayurvedic supplements and turmeric powder, found with toxic lead levels.
  • Mercury in Fish: Six Indian fish products found contaminated with high mercury levels, posing health risks.
  • Cadmium Presence: 21 products, predominantly octopus and squid, detected with cadmium, linked to chronic diseases.
  • Pesticide & Fungicide Concerns: 59 products flagged for carcinogenic pesticides, while 19 contained banned fungicide tricyclazole.
  • Organic Label Misuse: 11 contaminated products falsely labeled as “organic,” including moringa powder with banned insecticide bifenthrin.
  • Public Health Concerns: FSSAI underlines increased surveillance, while experts call for stringent regulations and independent oversight.
  • Water Contamination Link: Expert warns heavy metal presence indicates contaminated water sources, urging robust environmental monitoring.