Agriculture Ministry to increase pesticide regulations

July 3, 2013 17:50

The Agriculture Ministry has been revising its list of permissible pesticides in fruits and vegetable growth, in order to reduce the presence of organic phosphates, triazines and chlorinated hydrocarbons among these crops.

In the initial stage of the revisions, the ministry would reduce the usage of those specific chemicals and permit their employment in situations defined as “critical” only, the office said on Wednesday. By the second stage, which was set to conclude next year, these chemicals would be prohibited entirely, the ministry explained.“The Agriculture Ministry is committed to maintaining public health, and will continue to work to minimize the use of organic phosphates and the like, and will produce food that is healthier, cleaner and safer to the public,” Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir said.

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