FSSAI should get proactive about mango season

Friends for 3 years i have been writing in this circle about how we are killing ourselves and our future generations by consuming carbide and ethylene ripened fruits esp Mangoes and the regulator FSSAI has essentially slept over the issue.

State food controllers and their inspector machinery in most states is hand in glove with fruit vendors and turn blind eye towards carbide and ethylene sachet ripening that is rampant.

Calcium Carbide is explosive in nature and studies have shown that it breaks down the organic composition of vitamins and other micronutrients. Besides, it changes only the skin colour: the fruit remains raw inside. In addition, industrial grade calcium carbide is often found contaminated with trace amounts of arsenic and phosphorus, which are toxic chemicals.

The symptoms of arsenic and phosphorous poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea with/without blood, weakness, burning sensation in the chest and abdomen, thirst, problem in swallowing, burning of eyes, permanent eye damage, ulcers on the skin, mouth, nose and throat.

Other symptoms include throat sores, cough, wheezing and shortness of breath. Consumption of artificially ripened mangoes can upset stomach. It damages the mucosal tissue in the stomach and disrupts the intestinal function. If a person is exposed to the chemicals for a long time, they can causes peptic ulcers.

According to studies, calcium carbide can also affect the neurological system by inducing prolonged hypoxia. It causes symptoms like headache, dizziness, high sleepiness, memory loss, cerebral oedema, numbness in the legs and hands, general weakness, cold and damp skin, low blood pressure and seizure.

Basically by not acting the administrators are essentially letting the greedy fruit vendors cause so much harm to people because these are issues one doesn’t realise immediately and one fine day the damage surfaces. more  

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FSSAI has utterly failed to control the use of calcium carbine for artificial ripening. The officials should be taken to task. more  
yes it is a menace .Do not understand similar to other issues in local circles this also need to be taken up with a vote and sent to fssai and wake them up more  
Not only mangoes, even other fruits like papaya, bananas etc. r being ripened with calcium carbide n other chemicals. It is scary to eat many fruits these days. We need to take this issue seriously with the Govts. to put an end to the availability of such chemicals for other than industrial purposes n any violation should be severely dealt with to stop this practice immediately. more  
If the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has become defunct over crucial issues, it is better to disband it. It should issue direction to states for needful actions to curb unhealthy practices/procedures with regard to food standards. more  
It's a menace. The consumers can only avoid purchasing all such fruits otherwise no other measure will work. Govt has permitted ethylene ripening but under standard conditions. Carbide is being used only in small towns. At other places etheral is being used for ripening both fruits and even tomato. more  
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