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​A fruit-full initiative by the administration

Saturday - August 10, 2019 9:19 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

Strict action taken against adulteration
 
AUG 10 (WTN) – The Madhya Pradesh Government is raddled with the problem of tackling spurious food products highly on supply over the last few weeks in the Ujjain-Indore region. Minister Tulsi Silawat had to hold an express meeting with the officials of the food department recently in Indore to strictly deal with adulteration and spurious supply. Checkpoints are being rigged up at places to check buses and other transports to see if spurious food and/or raw material are being carried in them.
 
Stringent checking of sweetmeat shops, factories and god owns has also been taken up on a war footing. Amidst all this, a new angle that has come up is the excessive use of chemicals like carbide to ripen fruits. In a recent raid, the department officials sealed several god owns and issued notice to shops against the use of carbide and ethylene to ripen fruits artificially. Consignments worth thousands of kilograms were destroyed due to their chemical content, making them inappropriate for human consumption.
 
Obviously, the action saw protests and fruit sellers and traders were miffed at the so-called highhandedness of the officials in sealing the god owns and destroying the fruits, leading to substantial financial losses to them. While the officials harped that fruits with such dangerous contents in them could not be allowed to be sold and such artificial ripening was illegal, the sellers claimed the carbide and other chemicals in use were approved by the administration and only stipulated quantities of the same were used.
 
There were others who said that most of the fruits came from outside and it was there where carbide was used and Indore sellers had no role in that, hence they should not be made to bear the brunt. They also claimed that permissible quantities of chemicals for ripening were always used and they had not only been selling such fruits for generations but also themselves and their families consuming them without any health problems.
 
The action of the administration was excessive and unfounded they said. The constant protestations and brouhaha over the surprise raids pushed the administration on the back foot. Now, under a new formula, the administration is planning not to seal god owns or destroy fruits but instead teach traders and suppliers how to ripen fruits in a natural way or by the least use of chemicals that are not detrimental to human health.

This is perhaps a more logical move because awareness is a key area which we need to enhance to root out many of our social ills. Unaware of scientific and natural ways to ripen fruits, the sellers resort to easily available ways without discretion. Now with more cooperation between the government and the traders instead of antagonistic stands, things are likely to move in the right direction and we commoners hope to get a healthier fruit diet in our daily life.