Updated May 18th, 2024 at 20:30 IST

Harmful calcium carbide can’t be used for fruit ripening: FSSAI to food & fruit business operators

Ripening chambers have been asked to strictly ensure that no calcium carbide was used for artificial ripening of fruits such as mangoes.

Reported by: Business Desk
Harmful calcium carbide can’t be used for fruit ripening | Image:Fruit ripening
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FSSAI acts tough: The country’s food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked traders and food business operators to stay away from using the banned product 'calcium carbide' for ripening of fruits.
In an official statement, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said it has "alerted traders'/fruits handlers/Food Business Operators (FBOs) operating ripening chambers to strictly ensure compliance with the prohibition on calcium carbide for artificial ripening of fruits, particularly during the mango season".
FSSAI has also advised Food Safety Departments of states/UTs to remain vigilant and take serious action and deal stringently against person(s) indulging in such unlawful practices as per the provisions of the FSS Act, 2006, and rules/regulations made thereunder.

(With PTI inputs) 

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Published May 18th, 2024 at 20:08 IST