Acetylene-Treated Mangos - 7/6/2009
Dhaka, Bangladesh – Traders are ripening mangos by treating them with calcium carbide, despite its toxic properties.
When dissolved in water, calcium carbide produces acetylene gas. The acetylene mimics ethylene, which naturally ripens fruit. However, digesting acetylene can induce prolonged hypoxia and cause headache, dizziness, mood disturbances, sleepiness, mental confusion, memory loss, cerebral edema and seizure. In addition, calcium carbide (commonly used in gas welding) contains traces of arsenic and phosphorous. Prolonged consumption may cause arsenic poisoning.
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