The new MRL Regulation on pesticide residues in food could be a great progress towards better protection of children and consumer in general, but there are a number of open questions how the EU and the Member States will implement this Regulation. Therefore, civil society must actively watch the development in the next years.
A report of analysis of pesticide residues in soft drinks conducted by Centre for Science and Environment(CSE), was made public on 5th August, 2003. This Report was covered very prominently by both electronic and print media. In the Report it was stated that CSE found pesticide residues, in the samples of 12 soft drinks brands procured by it from open market in Delhi.
To produce the food most farmers use chemical pesticides to control weeds, pests and diseases, and to help them meet the appearance standards imposed by supermarkets. Residues from these pesticides may still be in the food when buy it - about half of all fruit and vegetables tested by the Government contain residues.
Streptomycin belongs to the group of aminoglycoside antibiotics. It was utilized in apiculture to protect bees against a variety of bee diseases. It was the aim of this study to develop a highly sensitive LC/MS/MS method, which could be validated, for the quantitative determination of streptomycin in honey.
India is the second largest producer of vegetables after China, and accounts for 13.4% of world production. Surveys carried out by institutions spread throughout the country indicate that 50-70% of vegetables are contaminated with insecticide residues.
A simple, selective and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method has been developed for the measurement of josamycin residues in four porcine tissues (i.e., muscle, liver, kidney and fat).