January 4th, 2012
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Curry leaf laced with deadly pesticides

curry-leaf poisonous Thiruvananthapuram: Curry leaf that flavours our food is sprayed with deadly pesticides that is considered to be more dangerous than Endosulfan. As per the study conducted by the Vellayani Agricultural university the curry leaves that enter the Kerala market form other states were highly poisonous. Traces of Endosulfan and Carbofuran were detected on the curry leaves. These poisonous substances have been banned in Kerala as they are detrimental to an individuals health.

Carbofuran is one of the most toxic carbamate pesticides.  It is marketed under the trade names Furadan, by FMC Corporation and Curater, among several others.Carbofuran has one of the highest acute toxicities to humans of any insecticide widely used on field crop. Since its toxic effects are due to its activity as a cholinesterase inhibitor it is considered a neurotoxic pesticide. Carbofuran is also a powerful endocrine disruptor that can cause transient alterations in the concentration of many hormones in animals and humans even at extremely low doses. These alterations may consequently lead to serious reproductive problems following repeated exposure.

In a single sample of curry leaf more than one pesticides were detected. The pesticides on the curry leaf were more than four times the usual limit. The curry leaves and ladies-fingers from India have been banned for 3 months in  Europe.

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