800 kg of artificially ripened mangoes destroyed

Coimbatore: A total of 800 kg of artificially ripened mangoes were seized and destroyed here yesterday by personnel of the department of food safety, police said.

The seizures were effected from 10 shops, following complaints from customers about the taste, they said, adding that the mangoes were found ripened with calcium carbide RPT calcium carbide. Such artificially ripened mangoes cause stomach-related ailments and are not fit for consumption, police said.

The value of these destroyed mangoes was not mentioned.