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GMOA raises issue over imported fruits

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr.Haritha Aluthge said poisonous pesticide banned in Sri Lanka is found contains in several imported fruits.

According to Dr.Aluthge, remains of the pesticide ‘Chlorophos’ is found in grapes, apples and oranges imported to Sri Lanka from foreign countries and the fact has already been confirmed by the Government Analyst.

Dr. Aluthge said the Government has ignored GMOA’s constant requests made to establish national policies for fruit importation and food safety.

Health Ministry’s Environmental and Occupational Health and Food Safety Unit Director Consultant Dr.Sapumal Dhanapala said the content of the pesticide level is below the maximum residue level but the Health Ministry has decided to inform all countries to export fruits completely free of this pesticide remains because the pesticide is banned in Sri Lanka.


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