Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

  • In May, 2024, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a directive, urging traders and food business operators to refrain from using the banned substance 'calcium carbide' for ripening fruits.
  • The use of calcium carbide for fruit ripening poses serious health risks, including exposure to harmful substances like arsenic and phosphorus, which can lead to various health issues.
  • The regulator emphasizes that the ban on calcium carbide for fruit ripening is explicitly stated in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011.
  • In response to the ban, FSSAI has approved ethylene gas as a safer ....
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