Imported Pulses in India Safe for Consumption, Says FSSAI
A significant proportion of pulses consumed in India is imported. 
A significant proportion of pulses consumed in India is imported. (Photo: iStockphoto)

Imported Pulses in India Safe for Consumption, Says FSSAI

The past few months have been riddled with suspicion of toxicity in our beloved daals, a major proportion of which are imported.

The stir followed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) circular dated October 12, 2018, which said, “There is a possibility of higher levels of residues of herbicide “glyphosate” in pulses, thereby adversely affecting the health of the consumers.”

As a result, the FSSaI ordered its import division to test imported dals for any presence of the chemical. After a month of conducting these tests, it has finally been revealed that there is no concern regarding the presence of glyphosate in pulses and beans imported into India.

The press release dated 15 November 2018, stated:

After order dated 12.10.18, monthly data pertaining to Glyphosate level in pulses received from ports directly handled by FSSAI was analyzed and it has been observed that of the 319 consignments tested, glyphosate residues were found in only 7 consignments and that too were within the prescribed Minimum Residue Limit(MRL).

Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide which is used to kill weeds, especially annual broad leaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops.

The Minimum Residue Limit (MRL) for glyphosate in different kinds of pulses has been decided based on the internationally accepted MRLs, falling in line with those specified by Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Pulses and beans are imported into India majorly through Mumbai, Chennai and Tuticorin.

The latest news comes as a relief to consumers in India, who hold their pulses close to their hearts.

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