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Around 5000 kg contaminated fruits, veggies destroyed

Around 5000 kg contaminated fruits, veggies destroyed
Crates of mangoes seized by food safety officials later disposed off at DMC dumping site.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:49:17 PM IST
A day after Dimapur Food Safety officials detected calcium carbide used to artificially ripen mangoes, close to 200 boxes of mangoes, tomatoes and bananas were destroyed and disposed off at the DMC dumping site on Saturday.
In this regard, the three wholesale fruit-shop, located at Naga Bazaar/Murgi Patti area were sealed by the Food Safety officials.
According to sources, one box would approximately weigh around 25 kilos. Going by this statistics, nearly 5000 kilos were destroyed.
It may be recalled that the Food Safety on Wheels team in collaboration with Dimapur Municipal Council, Food Safety Officer, Dimapur and Naga Council Dimapur Friday carried out on the spot testing of fruits and vegetables and found traces of carcinogenic ripening agent carbide in the samples.
Food safety officials pull up bakery, ice-cream factory 
Meanwhile, Food Safety officials on Saturday along with Food Safety Commissioner (FSC) cum commissioner & secretary (H&FW), Himato Zhimomi; chief medical officer Dimapur, K. Vikato Kinimi, DCCI members and others inspected the kitchen of Plaza bakery and modern ice-cream factory and found that the food items were being prepared in a dirty and unhygienic condition.
Zhimomi on Saturday took to twitter saying: “Disappointed to see extremely unhygienic condition of Dimapur’s top baker’s kitchen; Plaza! No option but to order shut down for improvement!” He further said- “Today forced to shut down Modern ice-cream factory in Dimapur, becoz of unhygienic conditions. Our children need to be protected!”
Talking to Nagaland Post, Himato confirmed that he had directed shutting down the kitchen of the bakery and not the shop, until major improvement was done. 
He said public are paying money for the products and should not be cheated by sale of   unhygienic items.
Himato further maintained that the inspections were being carried out to ensure public safety and safe food-handling.
He also confirmed that mangoes, bananas and some other items were also found with carbide and ordered to be disposed off at the DMC dumping site.

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