￭ FDA drive notwithstanding, traders are not mending their ways
Despite the Food and Drug Administration's drive against mango traders' use of carbide to artificially ripen mangoes, the traders have been selling these mangoes.
The FDA is keeping a vigil on the mango traders and action was taken against some traders last week. Mangoes of different varieties like kesar, dashahara, langda, neelam, totapari, benishar, and hoor along with the alphonso and local types, are available in the market.
During the administration's drive to destroy artificially ripened fruits, 1500 kgs of mangoes found in Jadhavwadi market were disposed of at the garbage depot in Naregaon.
It is also alleged by citizens that the traders are using carbide to ripen other fruits like papaya, bananas and watermelons. The FDA has not yet turned its attention towards these traders.
An environmentalist said that fruits that ripen naturally have a good scent and taste. However, fruits ripened by calcium carbonate do not have that taste and scent. They are also not fit for consumption, health experts said.