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‘Mangoes’ can be as risky as Maggi, say experts in Indore

Manoj Ahuja, Hindustan Times, Indore|
Updated: Jun 13, 2015 20:12 IST




Calcium carbide ripened mangoes are being sold in Indore markets despite the fact that the chemical is harmful for health. (Utsav Jain/HT file)











After Maggi, artificially ripened mangoes can hit the harmful list, as hazardous ripeners are being used to make them look juicier and pulpier, health experts have warned.










Their concerns are not out of place as calcium carbide ripened mangoes are being openly sold in Indore markets despite the fact that the chemical is harmful to one's health and has been banned as a ripener, said the food safety department officials on Friday.



However, it is difficult to find an evidence of calcium carbide in the mangoes as it evaporates when it comes in contact with air moisture, food safety officer Manish Swami said, adding that calcium carbide is a carcinogenic substance and banned under Section 44A of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.





However, it continues to be widely used along …