IPFT develops disinfectant for vegetables and fruits

14 September 2020 | News

IPFT has developed a water-based formulation to make fruits & vegetables 100% safe Image source: Shutterstock Image source: Shutterstock

Gurugram based Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT), an autonomous Institution under the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has developed a disinfectant spray to remove pesticide residues leftover on the surface of fruits and vegetables. 

Sometimes non-judicious uses of pesticides contaminate raw vegetables and fruits as pesticide residues persist on their surface and can cause health risk upon consumption. 

To make fruits and vegetables 100 percent safe for human consumption IPFT has developed a water-based formulation. The decontamination procedure using the formulation is simple; vegetables or fruits are soaked in the diluted solution of this formulation for15-20 minutes thereafter rinsed with fresh water. 

IPFT has been working towards the development of safer, efficient and environment-friendly pesticide formulations. IPFT has four administrative divisions namely, Formulation Technology Division, Bioscience Division, Analytical Science Division and a Process Development Division.

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