FSSAI Seized 16.1 Tonnes of Mangoes that Were Ripened Using Ethylene Sachets

On Thursday, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) discovered and Seized 16.1 tonnes of mangoes in Coimbatore city.

These mangoes were ripened using ethylene sachets in an unauthorized manner. The mangoes, valued at ₹12.91 lakh, were processed into pulp at the Coimbatore Corporation’s production unit in Vellalore dump yard for compost production.

As per a statement from the district administration, under the guidance of FSSAI Designated Officer K. Tamilselvan, seven teams conducted coordinated inspections at fruit stalls and warehouses located on Vyasial Street, Big Bazaar Street, Pavalam Street-I and II, Kempatty Colony Street, and Karuppa Gounder Street.

These inspections were conducted following the instructions of District Collector Kranthi Kumar Pati.

Seized 16.1 Tonnes of Mangoes, FSSAI

Fourteen food safety officers inspected 55 shops and warehouses, discovering that 15 warehouses and 16 wholesale fruit stalls were improperly ripening mangoes using ethylene sachets.

The trays contained sachets that were in direct contact with mangoes, which is not an approved method of using the ripening agent. As a result, officials seized 16,107 kg of mangoes and 100 kg of rotting apples that were intended for sale.

The FSSAI served noticed on all the shops which were found to have stored mangoes ripened using ethylene sachets.


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