Food & Agri

Fruit vendors in Kerala welcome govt initiative to check poisoning

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015,20:05 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kannur | The All Kerala Fruit Merchant’s Assocaition (AKFMA) has welcomed the State Government initiative for making it a must to have food security act registration for importing fruits from other States to prevent the sale of toxic content fruits.
The organization demanded the government should verify the registration and check the fruits according to food safety rules at respective check posts as this will result in  increase of  sale of fruits in the State.
Due to the media reports using carbide for ripening the mango in this season, sale of the fruit had come down. Actually the mangoes were imported from Andhra, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and they were using a gas recoganized by Central Government under the food and safety laws.
The Keralites are panicking while purchasing the mangoes following the reports of use of carbide for ripening mangos.
Talking to newsmen here today, Mr P V Hamza, State President of AKFMA, said the members of AKFMA had been crucified for the last few days without doing any mistake in the name of sale of toxic content fruits.
He said they were selling fruits to customers only in complete adherence to all the food safety laws existing in the State.He alleged the campaign about the use of toxic substances to artificially ripen fruits, including mangoes, is part of a conspiracy to block the growth of fruits sale by creating a fear psychosis in consumers.
He also said thousands of people employed in this sector became jobless due to the smear campaign.