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How To Detect And Remove Calcium Carbide Or Pesticides From Fruits

So I heard it yesterday that Nafdac has prohibited selling of fruits such as banana, mango and so on ripened with calcium carbide (Cac2).

The reason for this is because Cac2 when mixed with moisture or water gives off acetylene gas and traces of phosphorus and arsenic which are hamful to man when consumed.

Harmful effects of Calcium Carbide
1. It can cause cancer.
2. Dizziness and stomach pains.
3. Sleepiness and mental confusion.
4. Memory loss

How to detect Cac2 on fruits

1. Light a match stick near the fruit, if it sparks and continue to burn rapidly, note that there is Calcium carbide powder rubbed on the fruit.

2. If the fruit or banana looks so ripe and fine without any blackspot, note that it's ripened with calcium carbide.

How to remove calcium carbide on pesticides on fruits

1. Wash your fruits inside a mixture of salt water before consuming, or

2. According to research

Using cold water to rinse your fruits before consuming, is highly effective and will remove 80 to 90% of any pesticides.

Do you have any further questions or tips that might help remove calcium carbides on fruits?


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