New Delhi: Delhiites can heave a sigh of relief as the vegetables which they consume in their daily diet do not have any banned chemicals. In a report presented to the Delhi High Court, the Centre informed that no banned chemicals have been found in the vegetables sold in the national capital.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna was made aware that 31 samples of five vegetables were tested in four laboratories approved with the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration. Eight samples were found to have the presence of chemicals which was less than the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) under the provision of the Food Adulteration Act.

Raising his objection to the report, Advocate VK Rao said, “Only a few vegetables were tested. At least 35 vegetables and four fruits should have undergone a thorough lab test.”

The court has decided September 14 as the next date to hear the further opinions on this issue. The court directed the Union government to file an affidavit describing which vegetables have been covered under the report. Previously, the bench had asked to find out if any chemicals are being used in vegetables or not and to collect samples from different markets in Delhi.

The High Court has now appointed a committee of Additional Solicitor General AS Chandok, Delhi government lawyer Nazmi Waziri, member of Delhi Legal Services Authority Asha Menon and others and has asked them to pick vegetables randomly from different markets of Delhi. Two consumer voice representatives will also cooperate with the HC committee in the entire procedure.

(JPN/Bureau)