A mobile court yesterday found no formalin in 62 samples of 37 different types of fruits picked randomly from markets in the capital's Uttara.

The release of radioactive materials due to the Fukushima nuclear accident has raised concern regarding the biological impacts of ingesting radioactively contaminated diets on organisms. We previously performed an internal exposure experiment in which contaminated leaves collected from polluted areas were fed to larvae of the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha, from Okinawa, which is one of the least polluted localities in Japan. Using the same experimental system, in the present study, we further examined the effects of low-level-contaminated diets on this butterfly.

A total of 24 German beer brands was analysed for the contents of microplastic fibres, fragments and granular material. In all cases contamination was found. Counts ranged from 2 to 79 fibres L–1, from 12 to 109 fragments L–1 and from 2 to 66 granules L–1. The results show a high variability between individual samples and samples from different production dates. Possible sources of this contamination with foreign materials are discussed.

The High Court on Monday asked the government to examine the impugned formalin detection kit, Formaldehyde Meter Z-300, to find out its precision in order to dispel confusion.

In December last year, the government held a weeklong awareness campaign “Pesticides Harm Lives: Eliminate Use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides” to educate people about the harmful use of pesticides

Two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, according to a new analysis of government data by environmental campaigners.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will set up 236 formalin testing booths at grocery markets in the capital within 10 days to ensure chemical and formalin free foods.

Around 50 lakh people of the country are becoming poorer every year as they have to spend a major part of their income on medical treatment, experts said on Tuesday.

The government has formed a nine-member committee to conduct, supervise and systematize the ongoing pesticide residue checking system at the Kalimati Vegetables Market.

Debris cleanup work by Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant may have led to the contamination of rice crops in nearby areas, agriculture ministry officials said Monday.

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