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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a warning to fruit handlers, traders, and food business operators (FBOs) against the use of prohibited calcium carbide for the artificial ripening of fruits. The regulator has stated that strict actions will be taken against those who use this banned substance. Instead, FBOs have been advised to use approved materials like ethylene in an appropriate manner for the artificial ripening of fruits.
The FSSAI has already prohibited the use of calcium carbide, also known as ‘Masala’, as a ripening agent for fruits. This is in accordance with the provision in sub-regulation of Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulation, 2011. The use of calcium carbide can cause health problems and is harmful to the environment. Therefore, FBOs must comply with the regulations set forth by the FSSAI and ensure that artificial fruit ripening is carried out using approved materials only. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in strict action being taken against the offenders.
The FSSAI has warned against the use of calcium carbide for artificial fruit ripening, as there is a risk of the chemical coming into direct contact with the fruit and leading to the deposition of harmful residues of arsenic and phosphorus. It is important for fruit handlers, traders, and FBOs to follow this SOP to avoid any potential health hazards associated with the use of unapproved materials.
The FSSAI is committed to ensuring the safety of all food products sold in India and will take strict action against those who fail to comply with its regulations. By adhering to the guidelines set forth by the FSSAI, fruit handlers, traders, and FBOs can help to ensure that fruits are ripened safely and without any harmful effects.