Chemicals used to ripen bananas in koyambedu news today first with the news nutrition apple

News today visited the fruit market to investigate the use of chemicals for ripening fruits and spoke to some of the fruit-sellers to find out if it was true. Every one of them accepted that there is use of unlicensed chemicals to ripen fruits.

When asked about the process, a man, famously known as ‘pazhakadai’ jayaraman, who is involved in fruit business here for about 40 years, says, “seasonal fruits are not injected with chemicals since they are sold immediately. I do business in pomegranate, watermelon and musk melon. All of them are brought directly from the garden. Bananas, in great demand during festival times, are ripened with chemicals.”

The chemical that is used for ripening bananas is filled in a white bottle, weighing hardly 200 ml. Anyone visiting koyambedu market can easily spot the used bottles on the way and at some wholesale banana shops too.


The chemical is poured into the cap and mixed with a bucket of water.Liquid chemicals this water is then poured on the unripe banana to ripen it.

A wholesaler, who did not want to reveal his name, says, “months like january and february (thai maasam) are known for festivals and muhurthams. At such times, customers come to us demanding two to three ripened banana bunches immediately. So, in order to balance the demand, we adopt two ways for ripening the bananas.”

“one way is to use smoke and the other, is the use of liquid chemicals. If a customer wants a banana stem in two days, then the first method of smoke is adopted while liquid chemicals are used if they want it on the same day,” he states.

Another fruit seller says, “even last week, an inspection took place. They do not question us about adulteration. They only check for encroachment, prices, etc.”

Asked about how to identify the difference between chemical injected and naturally matured bananas, a retail fruit-seller says, “retailers can find out the artificial bananas easily.Liquid chemicals however, we maintain good contacts with the wholesalers and see that we get natural bananas. We mostly try to sell the fruits as they are. Sometimes, if there is high demand, we use smoke to ripen them.”

The retailer also added that fruits like strawberry and kiwi are not easily identified even when they are rotten. And sellers do not get new load unless the old fruits are sold. So, customers should be careful while buying these fruits. Also, everyone should make sure the apple skins are peeled before eating since they contain high wax content.

Dr R kathiravan, designated officer, tamilnadu food safety department, says, “raids take place at regular intervals and the artificial mixtures are seized then and there. Recently, cases were filed against two banana samples that had ethylene (chemical used for ripening the fruit) content in it.”

The officer also said since the mango season is about to start, notices were forwarded to all dealers and wholesalers that strict action will be taken against those using carbide for ripening the mangoes.Ripening bananas

“there is a problem here also as they started using carbides from where they procure the fruit – in andhra pradesh. So, the flavour is not identified during the inspection here. To avoid all this, we are planning to involve checking officers on the city borders and check-posts. Punishments will be severe for those using carbide stones this time,” informs kathiravan.

Nutrition consultant, vinoth kumar, says, “artificial ripening will have adverse health effect on people who eat them. In fact, the major reason for increase in cancer cases is due to this. Some also go through digestion and liver problems because of this.”

Do not go for green bananas which are yellow in colour and avoid fruits that have high sour content. Better buy fruits before they ripen. In particular, pomegranates that come out with bright red seeds are dangerous. At the same time, one can very well go for pineapples and jackfruit as they are often less affected by chemicals.Ripening bananas and the same applies for vegetables too. Buyers should see to it that they do not go for veggies that are very green as they are added with colouring agents.

Some customers said, “doctors ask us to have nutritional and natural food. So, we opt for green vegetables and fruits. Since we think retailers may adulterate fruits, we come to wholesale shops at koyambedu to buy them. But the news that major adulteration takes place here is shocking and we have nowhere to go now.”