Viral Video Exposes Health Threat: Are Your Grapes Safe to Eat?

A shocking video has recently been doing rounds on social media and other messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram displaying freshly harvested grapes being submerged in containers filled with pesticides and hazardous chemicals. It is claimed that the grapes consumed have caused sore throat, cough, and fever in the past few days among consumers. The post further shows that there is a belief among those people that eating raisins made from such grapes is leading to a significant increase in the number of patients in medical centers.
Social Media Post claiming Grape Farmers spray pesticides on crops, which is the cause for Sore Throat Cough and fever.
Social Media Post claiming Grape Farmers spray pesticides on crops, which is the cause for Sore Throat Cough and fever.

The truth? Anant Kabade, a seasoned grape, and raisin farmer, has stated that the viral video is misleading. He clarified that the crop protectants utilized in grape cultivation, such as potassium bicarbonate and etiolate, serve to eliminate wax layers and facilitate drying, posing no harm to consumers.

These chemicals, called edible oil, have undergone rigorous testing by reputable institutions like FSSAI, ensuring their safety after multiple trials. Moreover, as systemic chemicals, they dissipate over time, with established Minimum Residual Levels (MRLs) prescribed to prevent harmful accumulation. Thus, farmers are advised to apply these chemicals at least 60 days before harvesting, and stringent residual tests are conducted on grapes destined for raisin production, mitigating any risk of residue contamination.

In the past few days, there has been widespread dissemination of misinformation on various social media platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, and Messaging platforms, alleging that the presence of crop protectants in grapes and raisins. Such false news causes fear among consumers, stopping them from consuming these products. This not only impacts the public but also poses a threat to the livelihoods of farmers engaged in raisin production and processing.

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Let us stand vigilant against the proliferation of misinformation, ensuring the livelihoods of our farmers and the well-being of our communities remain steadfast and secure. 

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