Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
31-August-2012 18:04 IST
Adverse Health Impact of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Keeping in view the adverse health impact, the Government of India had banned the use of DDT for agricultural purpose in 1988 and the use of BHC in 1997.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has not carried out any study on adverse health impact of these pesticides.

The ICMR is not aware of the studies revealing that diet of an Indian contains 0.27mg of DDT. However as per the total Diet Studies conducted at National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR), in Andhra Pradesh, the intake of total DDT was found to be far less than the acceptable daily in takes (ADI) in all the age groups of the population ranging from 0.01-0.03% of ADIs. As per the provisions of Food Safety & Standards Authority of India, food inspectors pick up samples of food from across the country to check their compliance to the various standards laid down by the Authority.

The above information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Shri Sudip Bandyopadhyay in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.