But I don't understand the following: In the case of manufactured food items, we have so many stipulations about the dates of manufacture and expiry, the nature and content of ingredients and so on. We also have several Govt agencies who oversee the adherence to those stipulations. The recent Maggi episode is a good example of the practices (declaring the nature and amounts of ingredients) followed by manufacturers and the agencies who verify them.
However, when it comes to vegetables and fruits, why is it that the seller has no responsibility on the quality of the products he sells? Why is he not required to declare the ingredients (pesticides, insecticides etc) and their amounts? If he declares those, we can take the required care to safe guard ourselves against possible dangers.
Govt must make it mandatory that every food item (whether it is bread or apple or tomato) sold must contain information regarding its ingredients such as pesticides, insecticides etc.
Radhakrishnamurty Padyala more