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No facility to test oxytocin in food articles, Delhi HC told

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was on Thursday told by an advocate, who filed PIL for steps to prevent pesticides in fruits and vegetable available in markets, that there was no facility available to test presence of oxytocin, which could cause cancer, in food articles.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath was informed by advocate Anurag Dubey that traders make use of oxytocin in various agricultural products for giving a fresh and shining look to attract the consumers but no testing facility is available to determine the presence of the chemical whose use in eatables “causes cancer and other diseases”.

The court had earlier also took suo moto cognizance of the report which said that pesticide-laced vegetables, fruits and other edible items are available in the markets of national capital.

The court now posted the matter for September 24 for final hearing.