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FDA warns against chemical ripening of mangoes

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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has issued a warning about the use of chemicals to hasten the ripening of mangoes, citing possible health risks. On April 17, 2024, the FDA expressed concern over a viral social media video that showed the use of calcium carbide to speed up the process of mango ripening and suggested ways to differentiate between chemically ripened mangoes and naturally ripened ones.

In response, the FDA has launched a comprehensive survey and testing initiative targeting mangoes from major markets and sales points nationwide. While initial results from tested samples showed no presence of calcium carbide, the FDA emphasizes ongoing efforts to educate the public about the dangers of chemical ripening.

The statement underscored that the use of calcium carbide to hasten fruit ripening poses significant health risks to consumers and is considered illegal.  Additionally, the FDA cautioned against relying on the “floating” test demonstrated in the video as a reliable method to differentiate between naturally and chemically ripened mangoes, as it lacks scientific validity.

By: Jemima Okang Addae

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