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Dr. Sajeev KumarCardiologist • 39 Years Exp.M.B.B.S, C.S.C, D.C.H
HEALTH HAZARDS OF CONTAMINATED FOOD-CARBIDE POISONING OF MANGOES-A SEASONAL THREAT.
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Under PFA Section 44AA, the use of calcium carbide for artificial ripening of mangoes, apple, plum, banana is prohibited and can attract both imprisonment and fine.
Calcium carbide powder is usually kept wrapped in paper between the fruits (unripe mangoes) in a basket or box.
Once the basket of mango is closed from the top, calcium carbide absorbs moisture and produces acetylene gas, which accelerates the ripening process of fruits.
The health hazards are related to the gastrointestinal tract, kidney, heart, liver and brain and in long run cancer.
Calcium carbide 1kg is available for Rs. 25/– and is sufficient to ripe 10 tons of fruit.
How do we know that the fruit has been artificially ripened with calcium carbide?
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It will be less tasty.
The aroma will be different
It is uniform in color.
The color of the mango changes from green to dark yellow.
It will have a less shelf life.
It will be overtly soft.
There may be black patches on the mango skin.
There may be multi color patches on the skin of the mango (Red, yellow, green patches)
How should artificially ripened fruits be handled?
Never eat off–season fruits, especially before time
Rinse all fruits in running tap water for few minutes before use.
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