FDA officials destroyed artificially ripened mangoes

By Rashmi Priya - Posted on May 15, 2012

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials destroyed mangoes worth Rs 1 Lakh which were ripened by Calcium Carbide. The raid was conducted in santra Market. According to officials more raids will be conducted in coming days so that fruit sellers stop using chemicals for ripening of fruits.

Assistant commissioner (food) SB Naragude said that calcium carbide used for ripening fruits have severe health problems. The chemical changes the color of fruit from outside while the fruit is yet to ripen from inside.

Food and Drug administration has warned fruit sellers against use of calcium carbide and unhealthy practices and abide by the new Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA).