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28-08-2016
dr Amit bang

All about calcium carbide

  • 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 andproduces acetylene gas, which accelerates the ripening process of fruits.
  •  The health hazards are related to the gastrointestinal tract, kidney, heart, liver and brain andin long run cancer.
  •  Calcium carbide 1kg is available for Rs. 25/– and is sufficient to ripen 10 tons of fruit.
 
  •  How do we know that the fruit has been artificially ripened with calcium carbide?
 
  •  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 shorter 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)
  •  Never eat off–season fruits, especially before time
  •  Rinse all fruits in running tap water for few minutes before use

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