The Salem Corporation officials on Tuesday conducted drive against use of chemicals to ripen mangoes artificially at VOC vegetable and fruit market in the city and in godowns and stalls located at various places.
On instruction from Corporation Commissioner S. Natarajan, a team of sanitary inspectors led by the Chief Health Officer Dr. V. Porkodi carried out surprise checks in godowns where mangoes were ripened using carbide stones. She and her team of officials raided a mango godown in Arasamaram Pillayar Koil Street in VOC market area and found artificially ripened mangoes.
They also held an enquiry and later seized three tonnes of fruits from the godowns besides a few kilograms from other sellers. She said that cases would be registered against the godown keepers under the provisions of the Food Adulteration Act. The official said that such raids would continue further in other areas.
She warned the mango sellers not to resort to unethical practices that would jeopardise the health of consumers. Though the belated move of Salem Corporation was welcomed, the general public however urged the officials that the raids should continue in a sustained manner so that such illegal activities of mango sellers would be curbed effectively.