Warning Against Consuming Fruits Ripened With Calcium Carbide


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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned the public to shun consumption of fruits ripened with calcium carbide.

The agency gave the warning on Monday in Abuja in a statement signed by its management, saying that dangerous effects of carbide-ripened fruits include cancer and other illnesses. The management said consuming such fruits can also cause heart, kidney and liver failure.

”NAFDAC hereby warns farmers and the general public against the dangers of using calcium carbide for ripening fruits such as banana, mango, plantain, orange, and cashew.”

On how to identify carbide-ripened fruits, the management said;


”Naturally ripened fruits usually have brown or black spots while those artificially ripened have traces of powdery substances and peel off quickly.”
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