Nigeria News | NAFDAC Warns – Refrain from Using Calcium Carbide to Ripen Fruits

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In a bid to safeguard the lives of the citizenry, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians especially the fruit sellers to desist from using calcium carbide to ripen fruits for commercial purpose.

The NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has reportedly said that Calcium carbide is a toxic and highly dangerous, corrosive chemical used industrially in the production of acetylene gas, which burns and produces light.

Following the visit by the agency’s inspectors to fruits and vegetable market in Mubi, Adamawa. It became important to warn Nigerians.

Adeyeye said strict sanctions shall be melted on anyone found using carbide for fruit ripening.

Speaking further, Adeyeye said “our inspectors met with executive members of the Fruits Sellers’ Association and educated them on the dangers associated with the use of calcium carbide for ripening of fruits.”

“Our inspectors also conducted ‘shop to shop’ awareness with a view to enlighten the shop owners on health hazards and risks of consuming calcium carbide.”

“Traders were warned against using calcium carbide for ripening of fruits and also informed them that NAFDAC will sanction anyone found wanting.”

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