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FSSAI issues new directives for artificial ripening of fruits

27 March 2019 | News

A focused and sustained awareness campaign at Mandi level may be conducted for the FBOs.

image credit- dailyexcelsior.com

image credit- dailyexcelsior.com

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a directive to food safety commissioners in all States and UTs to undertake effective surveillance and enforcement activities for preventing the use of banned substances such as calcium carbide or acetylene gas for artificial ripening of fruits. They are also advised to do similar exercise for vegetables to check the level of pesticides.

According to FSSAI, despite prohibition on sale of artificially ripened fruits using calcium carbide, the prevalence of such ripened fruits in the market is a serious cause of concern which needs to be tackled effectively.

A focused and sustained awareness campaign at Mandi level may be conducted for the FBOs. The awareness campaign in this regard may also be conducted through media for proper education of the FBOs.

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