THE GUARDIAN | Fresh concerns over chemicals for ripening fruits, softening foods

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Published: 2May2019

In recent times, there have claims and counter claims on health implications of using chemicals such as calcium carbide, ethylene and ethephon for ripening fruits. A study published in Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public has demonstrated possible health hazards of fruit ripeners.The study titled “A Critical Analysis of Artificial Fruit Ripening: Scientific, Legislative and Socio-Economic Aspects” was conducted by researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh and Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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