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Mar 23, 2013 at 08:16pm IST

Maharashtra: Artificially ripened Alphonso mangoes destroyed by FDA

Nashik: Artificially ripened Alphonso mangoes worth Rs 1.25 lakh were destroyed by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) at a local fruit market here, official sources said on Saturday. Around 1,400 kilos of Alphonso mangoes worth Rs 1.25 lakh were seized from a shop at Sharadchandra fruit market here on Thursday as they were being ripened artificially using calcium carbide, FDA sources said.

The fruits were destroyed at Nashik Municipal Corporation's fertiliser project a day later, they said.

The FDA officials recovered four kgs of calcium carbide, used for artificially ripening the mangoes, which was then sent for laboratory testing to Pune.

Artificially ripened Alphonso mangoes destroyed by FDA

The FDA officials recovered 4 kg of calcium carbide, used for artificially ripening the mangoes, which was then sent for laboratory testing.

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