The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has started taking action against mangoes which have been artificially ripened through chemical compounds. PFA tested and discarded a total of 1262 kg of mangoes after it found that these had been adulterated with calcium carbide to artificially ripen the fruit.
The PFA teams discarded the chemically contaminated produce while checking 35 fruit markets in a crackdown on the food business operators (FBOs) involved in adulteration.
PFA Director General Capt. (Retd.) Muhammad Usman revealed that the food safety teams checked 114 stalls of 11 markets in Lahore Zone, 125 stalls in Rawalpindi Zone, and 91 stalls in 13 markets in Multan Zone.
He said that the PFA is taking all necessary measures to render the mission of the Punjab government’s “Safe Food, Healthy Punjab” successful. The authority has conducted 443 awareness seminars in the past few months to educate people associated with the fruit business.