NGO taking the government to court over food pesticides

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More than 60 per cent of five popular vegetables sold in local markets contain excessive levels of harmful chemical residue, according to a testing by the Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), a non-governmental organisation working on food safety. About 64 per cent of khana (Chinese kale), tua fak yao (long beans), prik daeng (red chili), bai kaprao (basil leaves) and kalam pree (cabbage) samples contained chemical residue above maximum residue levels (MRL) limit, said Thai-PAN coordinator Prokchol Ousap at a press conference on Friday. The finding came from recent testing of 150 samples of nine vegetables, which also included bai bua bok (pennywort), cha-om (climbing wattle), tam lueng (ivy gourd) and sai bua (lotus stem), as well as the six fruits: grapes, papaya, banana, coconut, pineapple and dragon fruit.

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