31 January, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the issue of using chemicals in fruits and vegetables; about FSSAI
News: The Delhi High Court has observed that use of pesticides and chemicals to ripen fruits amounts to poisoning the consumer, while noting that invoking penal provisions against the culprits would have a deterrent effect.
Directions by the court
Ripening agents used in fruits and vegetables
Ripening is a process in fruits that causes them to become more palatable. In general, fruit becomes sweeter, less green (typically "redder"), and softer as it ripens. Even though the acidity of fruit increases as it ripens, the higher acidity level does not make the fruit seem tarter.
About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
Source: The Hindu
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