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Sub-standard mosquito coils seized; 3 held

Published on 12 Jan. 2018 11:38 PM IST
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In a major crackdown, Dimapur Police claimed to have seized 120 cartons, each containing 80 packets, of mosquito coils of “Godzilla” brand from three godowns located at Hazi Park and Kalibari Road of the town on Thursday afternoon. 
Three persons – Ashok Kumar of NL Road, Suresh Kumar of Marwaripatti and Rupesh Kumar of Thakurbari – were also arrested for not possessing any documents from the competent authority. A case has been registered at East Dimapur police station for further investigation.
In a press release issued on Friday, Addl. DCP & PRO said the “sub-standard” mosquito coil brand manufactured in the neighbouring country was imported without the approval of Central Insecticide Board.
The press release said that experts had contended that the most common active ingredients in these coils were various dyrehriods like allethrin, d-allethein, dynamin forte and ETOC, while octachlorodipropylether was also sometimes used as synergistor active ingredient. And use of such coils exposed humans to bischloromethyl ether, which was extremely carcinogenic, the release warned. It added that some imported mosquito coils contained this chemical, which was banned in many countries. 
“Other compounds released during the burning of mosquito coil like aldehydes, formaldehydes, fine and ultrafine particles benzene benzo (a) pyrene, benzo (b) fluoranthene are also classified as probable human carcinogens,” it pointed out. 
Stating that some of these chemicals were partly insecticides and also found in Godzilla mosquito coils, the release further claimed that the main chemical menerfluthrin, which was toxic and used in Godzilla mosquito coils, was very harmful to humans and a major cause for lung cancer according to experts.
While burning of one mosquito coil would release the same amount of particulate matter as burning 75-137 cigarettes, the emission of formaldehyde from burning one coil could be as high as that released from burning 51 cigarettes, it warned.
The police said the authorised products could be imported only by those having import-export licences and that the products should carry batch numbers and expiry dates. But many products imported from Myanmar were unregistered and unsafe for humans, they added. 

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