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Saturday, July 20th, 2024

7500 kg fake mangoes seized, FSSAI told how to identify poisonous mangoes in 1 minute


There is a lot of adulteration in food items in India. To increase the quality and quantity of food items, such dangerous chemicals are mixed, which can push health towards serious and life-threatening diseases. It is summer and mango season, so businessmen are using poisonous chemicals to ripen mangoes quickly.

The Food Safety Department in Tamil Nadu has seized about 7.5 tonnes of artificially ripened mangoes from a warehouse. Calcium carbide was used to ripen these mangoes. Calcium carbide is a chemical whose use is banned by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The residue of this chemical can easily enter the mangoes, causing serious health problems.

what is calcium carbide

FSSAI According to, calcium carbide, also known as ‘limestone’, is a chemical compound. In India, it is used to ripen fruits quickly. Eating such ripened fruits can cause stomach ulcers, insomnia, brain problems, nervous system disorders and liver problems.

Calcium carbide is banned in India

Calcium carbide is banned in India

Some people use calcium carbide to ripen fruits, especially mangoes, quickly. This is a dangerous and illegal method. FSSAI has banned it in India.

Hazards of Calcium Carbide

Hazards of Calcium Carbide

Both calcium carbide and acetylene gas can be harmful to health. Exposure to these can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, vomiting, and dizziness. Fruits ripened with calcium carbide are tasteless and less nutritious. Apart from this, they may also contain harmful chemicals that can pose a threat to health.

How to identify ripe mangoes using calcium carbide

How to identify ripe mangoes using calcium carbide
  • Mangoes ripened with calcium carbide have an uneven colour. Some parts may be green, some yellow, and some red.
  • These mangoes have an unusual shine, which naturally ripened mangoes do not have.
  • These mangoes may have more wrinkles, especially near the stalk.
  • Mangoes ripened with calcium carbide have a strong and unpleasant odor caused by the acetylene gas.
  • Mangoes ripened with calcium carbide may taste raw or underripe, even though they may appear ripe.

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  • These mangoes have less sweetness and may also be tasteless.
  • Mangoes ripened with calcium carbide can become hard from outside even if they are soft from inside.
  • Even after ripening, these mangoes may be unusually soft.
  • Mangoes ripened with calcium carbide are often sold at cheaper prices.
  • These may come in the market before or after the mango season.
  • If you notice any of these symptoms, it is likely that the mangoes are ripened with calcium carbide. It is better not to consume such mangoes.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always consult your doctor for more information.

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