Vegetables from Cameron highlands several types of pesticides banned from both internationally and locally. Team experts have found in the water and river system. Chemicals such DDE, edosufan and aldrina ( derivative of the dangerous DDT) found in six sampling sites initiated by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malasia. The study have started between August and December last year they found out that the pesticides are persistent organic pollutants, which are regulated globally by the Stockholm Convention and to which Malaysia is a signatory. More shocking was the discovery of traces of endosulfan beta — a dangerous endocrine disruptor chemical — in one of the samples taken from tap water by the UKM team, led by Prof Dr Md Pauzi Abdullah from the School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology. 36 samples were taken from six sampling sites along the Bertam and Telom rivers.
“The samples were analysed and we found some of these traces show the pesticides were used a long time ago while some point to them having been used in recent years. It is clear there is widespread presence of dangerous chemical pollutants in the water catchment area, rivers and even tap water,” he said. Md Pauzi worried the findings of the water catchment area at kuala Terla, because from there, the potable water that is for highdald was contaminated. He added “it was unbelievable that the authorities failed to protect the water catchment area by allowing proliferation of illegal farms around the catchment area.“This is very unnerving. We found contamination right at the source. I cannot understand how this was allowed to go on.“And, not to forget my team found traces of banned pesticides in the tap water. We took the sample in Berinchang.“Although the trace was miniscule and within the permitted level, I am concerned about the accumulated effect or aggregation of years of consumption on the internal body system.“The effect could take place a couple of generations later causing birth defects and infertility.”They conducted Seminar on Raising Awareness on the Impact of Pesticides on Human Health and the Environment in Cameron Highlands, a full-day event, was organised by Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (REACH) and Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific.