Monday December 16, 2019

Delhi High Court to hear plea against Chinese ‘plastic’ rice

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking directions to the government to carry out the quality test on imported Chinese rice.

Image from www.oneindia.com
Image from www.oneindia.com

The plea said that due to globalisation, rice in large quality is being imported from China but without any quality check.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath posted the matter for August 20.

The “plastic rice” is being imported from China and it cannot be differentiated whether it is genuine rice or made of plastic, said the plea filed through advocate Sugriva Dubey.

For the last few years, China has been producing plastic rice which is being imported and sold throughout India. No test is carried out on whether the rice imported from China is genuine or not, Dubey said.

The plea said that when this plastic rice is boiled together with real rice, it melts and is impossible to differentiate…The plastic rice can’t be digested.

The plea said that like rice, pulses are also being imported from China and the government should conduct searches to know the genuineness of the rice and pulses.

It added that there is the issue of also artificial ripening of mangoes by calcium carbide.

The plea was filed in a case already pending before the court, which has been monitoring the pesticides present in fruits and vegetables in the markets of Delhi.

(IANS)

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Air Pollution has Negative Impacts on Human and Animal Health: Study

Air pollution linked to heart issues in humans, animals

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Air pollution increases risks of deteriorating heart health in human and animals. Lifetime Stock

Researchers have found that air pollution is associated with detrimental impacts on human and animals health, including increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

The study, published in The Journal of Physiology, by researchers at The University of Manchester in UK, shows that the knowledge people have about how pollution harms the hearts of marine species can be applied to humans, as the underlying mechanisms are similar.

Around 11,000 coronary heart disease and stroke deaths in the UK each year are attributable to air pollution, specifically due to particulate matter (PM), or small particles in the air that cause health problems.

PM2.5 is one of the finest and most dangerous type of PM, is a compound for which the UK has failed to meet European Union limits.

“We know that air pollution can have a hugely damaging effect on heart and circulatory health, and this review summarises mechanisms potentially contributing to impaired heart function,” said study researcher Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation.

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Air pollution can have a hugely damaging effect on heart and circulatory health. Lifetime Stock

For the findings, the researchers looked across all vertebrates and particularly focused on a set of compounds that binds to the surface of PM, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) as its amount on PM is associated with the detrimental affects that air pollution has on the heart.

“Pollution affects all of us living on Planet Earth. Due to the conserved nature of cardiac function amongst animals, fish exposed to PAH from oil spills can serve as indicators, providing significant insights into the human health impacts of PAHs and PM air pollution,” said Holly Shiels, study senior author from the University of Manchester.

Studies after the ‘1999 Exxon Valdez oil spill’ showed that the ecosystem still has not recovered 20 years on.

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According to the researchers, in 2010, research on fish after the ‘Deepwater Horizon oil spill’, which released large quantities of PAHs into the marine environment, showed that the heart’s ability to contract was impaired.

“Reducing air pollution is crucial to protecting our heart health, which is why the British Heart Foundation, is calling on the next Government to commit to reducing air pollution to within WHO limits,” Pearson said. (IANS)