Madurai

Artificially ripened banana seized

THENI

Artificially ripened banana weighing around one tonne was seized from the Allinagaram daily market and destroyed here on Wednesday.

Led by Food Safety Officer Dr. J. Suguna, a team of Food Safety Department officials conducted a raid around 5.30 a.m. They found that six shops were selling artificially ripened banana. The seized the fruits worth ₹25,000 and destroyed them.

Three sprayers used for spraying chemicals on the fruits to ripen them were also seized, she added.

Dr. Suguna said that she received a tip off that chemicals were sprayed on fruits and chemical sprayed and artificially ripened fruits were on display for sale at weekly and daily markets in Theni, Periyakulam, Cumbum, Bodi and Chinmanaur. To lodge any complaint, the public may contact mobile 94440-42322 for immediate action, she advised.

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