Five tonnes of artificially ripened fruits destroyed

A total of five tonnes of artificially ripened fruits including a tonne of mangoes were seized from the Koyambedu fruit market and destroyed on Sunday. Timely action: Officials of FSSAI with the artificially ripened fruits seized on Sunday. A week ago, we conducted an awareness programme about the health risks of artificially ripened fruits,” an official said. Under the Food Safety Act 2006 and Regulations 2011, the sale of fruits artificially ripened using acetylene gas, commonly known as carbide gas, is prohibited. The sapottas and mangoes were ripened using carbide gas emitted by calcium carbide stones.

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