NAFDAC warns against using carbide to ripen fruits
Calcium carbide is a toxic and highly dangerous, corrosive chemical used industrially in the production of acetylene gas, which burns and produces light.
It has the potential to cause cancer and contain traces of phosphorous hydride and arsenic and when in contact with moist skin and mucous membrane, it can lead to ulceration.
She noted that the agency would apply severe sanctions on anyone found using carbide for fruit ripening.
“Our inspectors also conducted ‘shop to shop’ awareness with a view to enlighten the shop owners on health hazards and risks of consuming calcium carbide.
(By Aderogba George – NAN)