FDA (Food and Drug Association) has seized 1,500 Kg of mangoes worth Rs 90,000 from kalamna Market, Nagpur. Previously Mangoes worth Rs 1 Lac were seized and destroyed by FDA officials as Calcium carbide was used to ripen the fruit. The chemical if consumed in large quantity can cause health hazards. The news was highlighted by Nagpurpulse.com team. This is second incidence in which FDA officials have caught traders red handed with mangoes ripened artificially using Calcium Carbide.
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.