Chemical pesticide found in vegetables sold in Mongolia

Chemical pesticide found in vegetables sold in Mongolia
March 05 01:34 2014 Print This Article

A recent official inspection results revealed that 40 percent of all domestically grown vegetables on the market had pesticide content, while 80 percent of all imported vegetables were detected with pesticides.
The report is the result of a seven month joint study by the National Federation of Mongolian Consumers’ Association (MCA) and Health Sciences University of Mongolia on the amount of chemical pesticide absorbed by crops from May until December 2013 in Mongolia.
The chemical pesticides have various different types and only a few of them with phosphorus content are permitted for use. Yet, the pesticide found in vegetables in Mongolian markets had exceeded limits of chlorine and nitrogen content which is hazardous to human health.
Pesticide causes failures in nervous system, glands, cardiovascular system, blood cells, developing organs, liver and kidneys. It is also one of the factors that affect genetics in newborns and cause congenital diseases. Pesticide contents even cause cancers.
Secretary General of the MCA D.Chuluunbaatar said, “Pesticides are used in Mongolia to protect crops from pests, mitigate growth of weeds and accelerate crop ripeness. Now we have to start using certificate of origin for vegetables to be sold in markets. We have to put chemical substance detector at major trade markets and supermarkets.”
“The MCA will continue inspections and provide updated results to the public. The pesticide was detected in vegetables grown in Shaamar, Zuunkharaa and Altanbulag soums of Selenge Province, and Bayanchandmani and Bornuur soums of Tuv Province. Watermelons from Khovd Province, and tomatoes and cucumbers from Umnugovi Province had pesticide contents as well.
“Pesticides were also detected in fruits that people picked them from forests and sold on the market, without knowing that those forests were sprayed with pesticides. Therefore, we will regularly report when forests are sprayed with pesticides in order to prevent harmful fruit sales on the market,” he added.

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