- DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES DRIVE AGAINST ARTIFICIALLY RIPENING OF FRUITS
Jalandhar, June 13, 2018 ( By Sachin Vyas): Continuing the drive against artificial ripening of fruits in the city under the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ Mission, a team of district administration today destroyed around two quintals of unnaturally ripened mangoes in the local fruit market.
The special team constituted by Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma to accomplish the mission today started the drive early in the morning and the officers led by District Mandi Officer Varinder Khera, District Health Officer Dr. Balwinder Singh, Horticulture Officer Bhajan Singh Saini, Naib Tehsildar Manohar Lal, Food Safety Officers Rashu Mahajan and Divya Bhagat and others started the inspection of fruit and vegetable market at Maqsoodan in the morning. Detecting the irregularities in the crates of mangoes that have arrived in the market, the officers immediately seized them and started the further inspection. After ascertaining that the crates contained packets of hazardous calcium carbide, which was used for its artificial ripening the officers immediately ordered that these crates must be destroyed.
Consequently, around two quintals of unnaturally ripened mangoes were destroyed in the presence of officers. Meanwhile, the team also collected four samples of fruits during the inspection. Three samples of mangoes were taken from the market during the inspection whereas one sample of banana was taken from ripening chamber. These samples would be sent to Chandigarh for further analysis.
The team reiterated that this drive would be continued in coming days and stern action would be taken against the traders, which were indulging in the practice of ripening the fruits artificially by using chemicals. The officers said that the district administration would leave no stone unturned under the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission to check the sale of such adulterated food items in the district.