Oct 06, Colombo: The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), the doctors union in Sri Lanka suspects the use of chemicals in fruits that are imported to the country.
The GMOA has said that chemicals harmful to the people's health could be used in imported fruits.
GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalin Ariyaratne has said that although there is no research evidence of harmful effects from consuming imported fruits there were doubts on how the fruits remain on shelves for about nine months without getting spoilt.
The GMOA believes that chemicals apart from edible wax are used to prevent the fruits from rotting for many months.
Dr. Ariyaratne says that the time span between apples being picked in Australia and purchased in Sri Lanka is about nine months.
According to him, apples lead in the list of top pesticide-laden fruits followed by strawberries and grapes.
According to Washington Toxic Coalition, insecticide carbaryl (Sevin) is widely used in the US on apple and grape crops and pesticides including organophosphate and carbamate can have effects on the nervous system, with symptoms including weakness, breathing trouble, cramps, nausea, and vomiting.