Chemically ripened fruits at Koyambedu market
After the repeated complaints from the consumers about the use of chemicals in fruits for artificial ripening. The officials planned for a surprise visit to the koyambedu market.
This surprise ride has about 50 officials, including police and Market Management Committee officials, started the checks around 2 a.m. for all 136 shops. It nearly takes about 3 hours to find the 3.25 tonnes of sapota (chiku), one tonne of mango and 750 kg of banana.
These tonnes of fruits were seized in about 24 shops in Koyambedu market. The chemical sprayers have been brought from all the shops. The seized fruits were disposed of in the waste-to-energy plant functioning near Koyambedu market
The chemicals like calcium carbide and ethanol have been used in those fruits for faster ripening.
As the impact of consuming these artificially-ripened fruits cause various problems diarrhea and for some people, it may lead to a serious case of dehydration and loss of electrolytes.
Also, the consumers demanded the Health officials of Chennai, for more such surprise visits to Koyambedu market. So that the usage of chemicals for ripening fruits would be completely stopped.