The Bhutan Agriculture & Food Regulatory Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests has been carrying out regular surveillance of pesticide contents in fruits & vegetables through the use of field test kits & laboratory testing to ensure food safety in Bhutan.
Following the positive test result confirmed through laboratory testing for one variety of imported chilli during the month of May 2016, all varieties of imported chillies that were available in the market were screened for pesticide residues. Three imported chillies namely Hybrid, Terasani & Akashi were sent to Export Inspection Agency laboratory, India for Laboratory testing. The samples were tested against the four Major Groups of Pesticides.
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