Tuesday November 12, 2019

Groundwater Contamination 12.7 Times More Likely in Non-ODF Villages: UN Report

The relative risk of faecal contamination of piped water supply traceable to humans was 2.4 times more likely in non-ODF villages

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The objective of the study was to assess the relationship between living in an ODF environment and the contamination levels of faecal bacteriological indicators. Pixabay

Groundwater sources were likely to be contaminated by 12.7 times in the villages that have not become open defecation free (ODF) as compared to those free from open defecation, reveals a study by UNICEF.

The study titled “The Environmental Impact of the Swachh Bharat Mission on Water, Soil and Food” also showed that the soil and food in the non-ODF villages were prone to have contaminated by 1.1 times and 2.16 times, respectively.

It was released by Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar here on the occasion of World Environment Day.

The objective of the study was to assess the relationship between living in an ODF environment and the contamination levels of faecal bacteriological indicators found in water, soil and food sample taken from ODF and non-ODF villages.

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Groundwater sources were likely to be contaminated by 12.7 times in the villages.

About 725 samples were collected from 12 ODF and 12 non-ODF villages, spread across West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha between December 2018 and January 2019.

Finding of the study also showed that the relative risk of faecal contamination of piped water supply traceable to humans was 2.4 times more likely in non-ODF villages.

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In case of stored household water, the relative risk to human was 2.48 times more likely in non-ODF villages as compared to ODF villages. (IANS)

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Contamination Forces over 2mn Pounds of Chicken Products Recall in US

There has been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products

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The agency said that the problem was discovered by Simmons during further processing and urged the public to throw out or return the products, reports Xinhua news agency. Pixabay

More than 2 million pounds of chicken products were recalled in eight US states over contamination fears.

Approximately 2,071,397 pounds of Simmons Prepared Foods poultry products were part of the recall, Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Thursday, adding saying they were shipped to retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

The agency said that the problem was discovered by Simmons during further processing and urged the public to throw out or return the products, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Approximately 2,071,397 pounds of Simmons Prepared Foods poultry products were part of the recall, Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Thursday. Pixabay

“There has been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider,” the agency warned.

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The Arizona-based Simmons Prepared Foods also issued a statement, saying the company recalled “fresh and frozen chicken products due to the potential to contain extraneous material, specifically metal”. (IANS)