NAFDAC Issues Warning Against Consumption of Artificially Ripened Fruits

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has recently issued a warning to the Nigerian public regarding the consumption of fruits that have been ripened using calcium carbide.

During the NAFDAC Media Sensitization Workshop, Professor Moji Adeyeye, the Director General of NAFDAC, emphasized the potential health risks associated with this practice.

She specifically mentioned fruits such as mango, banana, plantain, guava, orange, grape, and others that have been ripened using calcium carbide as dangerous to health.

Moji also highlighted various adverse effects that can arise from consuming such fruits, including the development of cancer, heart, kidney, and liver failure, as well as skin damage and respiratory problems.

“The use of calcium carbide for artificial fruit ripening is a common practice, but it poses serious health hazards due to the presence of impurities such as arsenic and lead particles”

“Consuming fruits ripened with calcium carbide can result in a significant loss of natural properties, a lack of authentic aroma and flavor, and a shorter shelf life for the fruits” Adeyeye disclosed

FARMERS VOICE NG gathered that to address this public health concern, NAFDAC has commissioned a scientific study to further investigate the issue.

Adeyeye called upon the media to collaborate with NAFDAC in raising awareness about the dangers associated with consuming fruits ripened using calcium carbide.

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