High content of lead in Georgian spices
By Messenger Staff
Wednesday, July 12Georgia’s National Food Agency says that they detected a higher concentration of lead in red pepper, dry-Ajika, a mixture of sharp spices and other spices in the Georgian market.
The agency says the allowable content of lead in a product is 5 milligrams for one kilo.
They stress that the highest content of lead detected in Georgian products was 7 milligrams for one kilo.
The Agency says such products will be seized from the market.
However, American experts claim that the concentration of lead in Georgian spices is several thousands more than the allowable lever.
Even in 2015 Georgia received a notification from the New York Health Protection Department over the high content of lead in Georgian spices.
The Georgian agency says after receiving the notification they carried out research, and discovered a high concentration of lead only in one sample.
In addition, Georgia has no proper regulations on the quality of fuel and construction materials, and locals have to breathe lead from the polluted environment.
Georgia’s National Environmental Agency claims that lead concentration in the air, which is very dangerous for human health, has been significantly decreased in three main cities of Georgia out of a total four.
The Agency says compared to the situation in 2015, the lead concentration in the air has been decreased by five times in Tbilisi, three times in the coastal city of Batumi city and two times in Rustavi.
The content has also slightly decreased in Kutaisi.
The maximum allowable concentration of lead in air is 0, 0003 mg / m?.
It is interesting how reliable these figures are when more experienced and well-equipped foreign experts provide different, higher figures.
Georgia still faces an unfavorable reality, when food safety is not guaranteed and environment pollution is a serious problem.