The Banana ; Chickoo; Papaya ;Pinaple; Mangos & other fruits sold in Mumbai areall treated by some white powder to make them ripe quickly. Are these fruits tested by Food & Drug agency Or by Municipal corporation? Are such fruits harmfull for eating?
Today fruits and veggies are loaded with pesticides and preservants. It is advisable to be choosy when we buy them and also clean them thoroughly before consumption. As for testing well sample tests do take place from time to time but they are far too inadequate
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Please dont be under the impression that the "Special tteatment' to induce ripening of fruits is confined to Bombay alone ! It is the case with the whole of India. The technology involved is putting some Cacium carbide, an industrial waste, in the room where all the unripe fruits are kept. On r4acting with moisture, ethylene gas is produced which is responsible for ripening the fruits, and giving the pecu;iar colour and smell. It is not harmful for eating. The only drawback is that, the mango or pineapple etc wont taste sweet ! The consumers are cheated, that is all.