Friday, May 23, 2014



 TRICHY:  Despite strict measures taken by officials of the food safety wing  to bring down the flooding of artificially-ripened mangoes into the markets, traders continue to deal with the practice to make a quick buck unmindful of the fines they have to pay, if caught.

                   During the two raids conducted this year, officials seized 21.15 tonnes of mangoes comprising many varieties. The team of food safety wing officials raided 50 shops in Gandhi Market areas on April 30 and found 2.25 tonnes of artificially-ripened mangoes in eight shops. The mangoes kept in 110 cases were valued at Rs 1.47 lakh. On May 20, a team led by district collector Jayashree Muralidharan seized about 18.9 tonnes of mangoes at six godowns in Mambalasalai in Srirangam.
                   Last year, officials had seized carbide stones which were used for ripening the mangoes. However, this time the traders, who are unwilling to abandon the practice were found using carbide powders instead of stones without any concern for the people's health. Though the officials have been advising and seizing the mangoes, they cannot be controlled.
                 The government allowed using ethylene spray to ripen the mangoes. But they do not prefer to use it because they mangoes ripened by this can easily rotten leading to loss to the traders. However, the mangoes ripened using carbide stone will quickly ripen and last long.
              The artificially-ripened mangoes have no greenish patches. The black patches and wrinkles can be spotted. By confirming they are good mangoes, people can buy it. Otherwise, it would cause diahorrea, indigestion, gastric irritation.

KOLHAPUR: The Kolhapur unit of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) destroyed 450 kg of mangoes worth Rs 42,000 ripened with carbide at the city-based Market Yard. The raid was conducted at Karadkar and Sons, from where the mangoes were seized and later destroyed.
               Carbide, which is a carcinogen, has been banned under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006 and Food Safety and Standards Regulations (FSSR), 2011. "Last year too, officials  had collected five samples of which one had carbide. Stock worth Rs 29,000 had been destroyed then."
              "Some traders or even farmers put packets containing calcium carbide for maximum amount of artificial heat to quickly ripen the fruits."
Meanwhile, Doctors have warned residents against consuming such fruits.
              Not just mangoes, any fruit ripened using artificial methods causes health problems. People should refrain from eating such fruits. Carbide is a carcinogenic substance that has toxic effects on the body. Its long-term effects are not yet proved, but it is potentially very harmful.
              The use of calcium carbide turns the outer skin of the fruit yellow or even saffron. However, the inner portion remains unripe. The fruit looks ideal for consumption but the sweetness is missing. Calcium carbide kills the sugary content as well as every other nutrient in the fruit before it is consumed.

              A new and legitimate method of ripening mangoes has been introduced. Food Safety Officers are stepping in to guide vendors for ensuring the quality of mangoes. The vendors were trained to use ethylene to ripen mangoes. Ethylene, secreted from mango trees, was used in liquid form to apply on mangoes. The ethylene liquid should be sprayed on mangoes and it would make mangoes ripen in a day or two thus making them fit for consumption as per FSSA norms.
             Ethylene produces natural gas initially but ripens mangoes, kept in a favourable atmosphere. Ten ml of ethylene liquid needs to be dissolved in ten litres of water for spraying it on considerable number of mangoes. With this, sweetness, nutritional value and palatability of the fruit would remain intact.
             The adverse effects of artificially ripened mangoes done with the help of calcium carbide, a harmful chemical compound, would emit acetylene gas causing health disorder like ulcer, insomnia, loss of appetite. Such practices were adopted by vendors to skip warehousing expenditure and make a fast buck. Consumption of such mangoes might lead to cancer. With such a substance, mangoes could ripe within eight hours. These mangoes would be colourful and attractive but its pulp would not be sweet.

1 comment:

மொழி அரசு said...

Government has to install, artificial ripening system through ethylene in all big mandis across the district. Then only these kinda things can be avoided.