The Delhi High Court on Tuesday expressed concern over rampant use of banned pesticides to enhance the size and colour of fruits and vegetables saying it caused health hazards.
Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on such practise by farmers and traders, the court sought a response from the Centre as well as the state government within a month.
A division bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Manmohan said: "It is difficult to perceive how the community would react to such a situation when it is asserted that there has been an authentic research which shows that the vegetables and the fruits have become highly toxic because of the process of growing and preservation."
The court directed the government to issue a notice to NGO Consumer Voice, which has conducted a study, to assist the bench. According to the NGO, the farmers apply pesticides such as chlordane, endrin and heptachor that can cause serious neurological problems, kidney damage and skin diseases.