Mumbai: FDA seizes artificially ripened mangoes from traders

The Food and Drug Administration of Maharashtra, has seized artificially ripened mangoes from four mango sellers in Mumbai. The FDA officers say the mango sellers were using Ethrel - a chemical to ripen the mangoes, they used injections to get mangoes ripe faster than usual

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra had carried out raids on mango sellers in Sion and Dahisar. The officers inspected two market areas in Sion and Dahisar respectively. Out of which, they found four mango traders using a chemical to ripen the mangoes artificially. The FDA officers have seized the mangoes and have sent the samples to the lab for testing.

Shailesh Aadhav, Assistant commissioner FDA (Food), while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “We regularly conduct inspections during summer months, we also get complaints from consumers. We had doubts that traders in these areas were using chemicals to artificially ripen the mangoes. We have collected 8 to 10 samples, which have been sent to the food labs. The reports will be ready with 15 days.”

He further added, ““Our aim is to prohibit the sellers from using chemicals such as carbide, and to make sure that the chemicals which are used by the sellers should be in given norms. During the raids, we try and sensitise the sellers as well.”

After receiving several complaints regarding artificially ripened mangoes, the Maharashtra FDA had begun its crackdown. The FDA officers say this plan of action will be carried on for the next two months. As fruit sellers use chemicals to ripen the mangoes and other fruits artificially during this season.

The FDA said their action against the artificially ripened fruits will continue so that common man does not get affected by these fruits