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FSSAI grants to use ethephon as an alternative source to ripen Fruits

Earlier, it has been found by FSSAI that few FBO’s were not keeping the arrangement to utilize ethylene gas in fruits. To resolve this matter FSSAI has clarified that FBO’s can use ethephon as an alternative source of ethylene gas and given some guidance note to traders for the same.

The food regulator has been currently considering another alternative which is Calcium Carbide to mature fruits in order to avoid spoilage during transportation which is not allowed.

Further, FSSAI declared that ethephon can be used in a powder form to ripen fruits. It should be in powder form and packed in sachets to avoid direct contact with fruits.

Guidance note on artificial ripening of fruits:

It tends to be utilized for maturing at a concentration up to 100 parts per million (ppm). The utilization of carbide gas or acetylene gas isn’t allowed for ripening and maturing of fruits according to FSSAI, 2011.
Ethylene gas should be in indirect contact from fruits

FSSAI also issued a note to provide SOP details, which are given below:

Fruit Ethylene exposure time (hours) Ripening temperature (oC) Relative Humditiy (RH) %
Tomato 24-48 18-20 90-95
Pear 24-48 18-22 90-95
Banana 24-48 15-18 90-95
Mango 24-48 20-22 90-95
Papaya 24-48 20-25 90-95