Raw Fruit Ripening By Calcium Carbite Chandigarh
The Guwahati High Court in a case titled as Bhaskar Boruah v. union of india decided on 18/02/2021 has opined that central Government should frame appropriate rules regulating the open availability of calcium carbide in the market.
The public Interest litigation was filed alleging that the fruits being sold in the market are ripened using calcium carbide. The fruits are plucked at a pre mature stage in order to avoid their ripening in the process of transport, these are stored in raw form and are taken to the destination, where they are ripened with the calcium carbide which release a gas which ripen the fruit quickly. It was further alleged that such fruits had their own detrimental effects on the health of people and were causes of many serious diseases. It was also alleged that the right to life guaranteed under article 21 of the Constitution of india is thus violated.
The court interpreted calcium carbide as an adulterant under section 3(1) (a) of Food And Safety Standards Act 2006. The court further observed that the existing provisions for FSSA 2006 and the calcium carbide rules 1986 were not adequate to have complete control on this chemical.
The court also referred to a case titled as Eenadu Telegu daily newspaper v. union of india decided by Telangana High Court, where it was observed that
What now needs to be done is to ensure that carbide does not reach any hand which is not duly Authorized to process it.
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