The summer in our country has been lovingly dubbed “the season of fruits”—and with good reason. Most of the succulent fruits are widely available in the Bangla month of Jaishtha and so this month is referred to as “Modhu Mash” (the honey month). But the tragedy is, often the fruits are adulterated with poisonous chemicals by unscrupulous traders. Though these contaminated fruits are made to seem appetising, the chemicals injected in them cause various fatal and chronic health conditions like cancer, asthma, skin diseases, liver diseases, and kidney failure.
According to a newspaper report, the High Court has directed the authorities concerned to deploy law enforcement officials at the mango orchards in different areas of the country to prevent the use of such toxic chemicals to artificially ripen fruits. Undoubtedly, it is a positive initiative but the directive of the High Court will fall flat on its face unless implemented properly. Besides such initiatives, creating awareness about the adverse effects of adulterated fruits through the electronic and print media and by collaborating with different NGOs can reduce the incidence of formalin use to a great extent.