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Pesticide ban imposed after reports of congenital abnormalities

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 17 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:356
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    The Kerala High Court in southern India has reinstated a ban on the highly hazardous pesticide endosulfan, already banned in many countries, after growing concern at the risk of farmers and villagers being poisoned.

    The news comes as an unpublished report, seen by the BMJ, shows the impact on villagers in the area.

    At the behest of India's National Human Rights Commission, the Indian Council of Medical Research last year asked the National Institute of Occupational Health to investigate the pesticide's effects. The institute's report, finalised in March 2002, still remains confidential.

    The report shows that water samples collected by …

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