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The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) confiscated 75,000 kilograms of several varieties of fruits worth about Rs.10 million from traders at the Manning Market, Cooperatives and Internal Trade Ministry said today. It said the fruit had been artificially ripened with the use of Ethephone.

“The chemical Ethaphone is known to be used when artificially ripening fruits but it should be used in a methodical manner and is a long procedure. It should be mixed with water and Calcium Carbonate before use. But the vendors had sprayed the chemical directly on fruits. This is unhealthy,” Ministry spokesman Nipun Ekanayake said.

He said Mangos, Bananas and Papaws were among the fruits that were confiscated fruit.
“The raid was carried out on a complaint received by consumers. We went to the Manning Market the day before the raid and saw how the vendors were misusing the chemical,” he said.  

Minister Johnston Fernando had instructed the CAA Chairman to carry out raids regularly so as to nab errant vendors who sell food items which were unsuitable for human consumption specially during the festive season.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • SL Friday, 27 December 2013 03:14 PM

    this is common,even leading supper market chain wants suppliers to do so .if not they do not buy them

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 28 December 2013 09:01 AM

    Forbidden Fruits?

    investigator Saturday, 28 December 2013 11:25 AM

    ministries good job to make sure consumers eat health food.

    hmr Monday, 30 December 2013 12:00 AM

    good job..! via DM Android App


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