The Delhi High Court was told by an advocate, Anurag Dubey, about the lack of any facility to test the presence of oxytocin - which could cause cancer - in food articles. The advocate has filed a PIL for steps to prevent pesticides in fruits and vegetable available in markets.(The 12 Most Pesticide-Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables Of 2015)A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath was informed by Mr. Anurag Dubey that traders make use of oxytocin in various agricultural products for giving a fresh and shining look to fruits and vegetables. According to him, there exists no testing facility to determine the presence of the chemical whose use in eatables "causes cancer and other diseases".(Lack of Safe Food Kills 2.2 Million Every Year: Experts)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 has posted the matter for September 24 for final hearing.
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