FDA warns against contaminated vegetables on the market

FDA warns against contaminated vegetables on the market

- The EPA is warning against poisonous fruits and vegetables on the market

- These fruits and vegetables have been poisoned from the use of harmful chemicals by some farmers

- It has been advised that you wash the vegetable thoroughly before consuming it

You have to be very wary of the fruits and vegetables you buy on the market because YEN.com.gh is learning that 90 percent of these vegetables can kill you.

This is according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has discovered that Ghanaians are consuming large amount of fruits and vegetables injected with poisonous substances.

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Investigations conducted by the EPA show that many farmers and food vendors are violating the safety standars for production and packaging.

Director in charge of chemicals and registrar of pesticides at the EPA,Dr Sam Adu-Kumi, has revealed that farmers need to comply by a 10 day rule which indicates that after spraying pesticides and growth enhancing chemicals, the farmer has to wait for ten days before sending the already sprayed product for consumption in the market.

Unfortunately, these farmers take their products to the market just a day - in some cases 5 days - after it has been sprayed.

“They have to calculate and make sure that when they spray, there is always some days before the food is harvested and gets to the consumers. This will reduce the chemical residue because the chemical they use is harmful and not for human consumption,” Dr Adu-Kumi noted.

To this end, the EPA has given Ghanaians some new tricks and precautionary ways to take in case they buy fruits and vegetables outside. The first advice is that when you purchase fruits from the market, you never have to eat it immediately since it will be filled with the poisonous chemicals. Rather, you leave for some few days for the chemical to break down before eating it.

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Also, you need to wash the fruit or vegetable thoroughly under running water before consuming. You may also have to remove the outer cover of the vegetables.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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