1500 coconuts, artificially ripened using sulphur, seized in Punalur
Punalur (Kollam): The food safety officers found out, a place in Punalur market here, where coconut is artificially ripened using sulphur. The centre has been functioning here for over six months.
More than 1500 coconuts found from here were destroyed. Tender coconuts are piled up with sulphur in order to change their colour to look like ripe ones. The unsuspecting buyers will pick them without knowing the trick.
The artificially ripened coconut is harmful for health and causes serious hazards, the food safety officials said. They added that a report will be submitted to the assistant commissioner in this regard and fine will be charged from the guilty.