May 5, 2018

Drive launched against artificial ripening of mango

Accused face 6 months jail, ₹1 lakh fine
A campaign has been launched by the Krishna district officials to put a check on use of calcium carbide for ripening of mangoes artificially, citing health hazards due to the chemical.
In a recent review meeting with Joint Collector Ms. Vijaya Krishnan, Collector B. Lakshmikantam mooted serious legal action against those who used the chemical for artificial ripening of the mango fruit.
Mango merchants have been warned against violating the ban orders.
“It has been decided to invoke the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 against those caught using calcium carbide for ripening. Up to ₹1 lakh fine and six months imprisonment will be awarded to the accused,” said Mr. Lakshmikantam in an official release.
The public have been asked to report such practices by calling 9515053159 or 9849905226.

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