Mangoes with toxic chemicals
Mangoes ripened with calcium carbide and other chemicals have been appearing in the markets of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj. A section of unscrupulous businessmen are using calcium carbide on mangoes to ripen them for maximum profit. The markets are now flooded with toxic chemical-mixed fruits, especially mangoes, the most popular and largely available fruit in this season. The consumers do not get fresh fruits even after paying high prices. As a result, consumers of such fruits are at risk of serious health hazards. In view of this, the authorities should take urgent steps to protect the people from eating toxic chemical mixed fruits.
Mohammed Jashim Uddin