Delhi bans use of calcium carbide for ripening fruits

The Delhi Government has banned the use of calcium carbide in the Capital for ripening of fruits.

Health Minister Dr. A. K. Walia held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue and alternative techniques for ripening of fruits. It was attended by Principal Secretary (Health) Anshu Prakash and other senior officials.

“Use of calcium carbide for artificially ripening fruits is banned in Delhi under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and ethylene gas can be used as an alternative technique, which is not harmful. Fruits ripened with ethylene have more acceptable colour than naturally ripened fruits and have more shelf-life than fruits ripened with calcium carbide,” said Dr. Walia.

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