Foodie Friday November 09, 2018 at 01:00 pm

Artificial foods from the West and Asia that are a threat to local African commodities

Francis Akhalbey | Content Manager

Francis Akhalbey November 09, 2018 at 01:00 pm

November 09, 2018 at 01:00 pm | Foodie Friday

Calcium carbide produce

This highly dangerous and corrosive chemical, which is an ingredient in fertilizers is illegally used to speed up the ripening of some fruits. Calcium carbide produces acetylene gas which is similar to ethylene, a natural ripening agent in fruits when it comes into contact with moisture or water.

Fruits ripened with calcium carbide are usually very soft, have an unusual taste and have a short lifespan after harvest. They also sometimes look ripe from the outside but the tissues inside are unripe.

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