The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned fruit sellers in the country against dangers of using calcium carbide to ripen fruits for commercial purpose.
Dadi Mullah, state Coordinator of the agency made the call in Kaduna on Thursday during its sensitization campaign tagged “Using carbide calcium to ripen friuts is damgerious to human health’’.
According to him, consumption of fruits has been reported to be toxic and highly dangerous which causes health challenges to consumers as cancer, diarrhea, dizziness and kidney failure.
He said the sensitization became necessary following reports and trends on conventional and social media platforms of such activities.
Mullah noted that “the agency is not here to sanction anyone but to give awareness on how to identify ripen fruits by carbide while urging them to reject such fruits.
We are sensitizing the Fruits Sellers’ Association and educating them on the dangers associated with the use of calcium carbide for ripening of fruits.
Our inspectors are also conducting‘shop to shop’ awareness with a view to enlightening shop owners on health hazards and risks of consuming calcium carbide.
Traders were warned against calcium carbide for ripening of friuts and also informed them that NAFDAC will sanction anyone found wanting.”