Does the video show grapes dipped in chemicals before being sold?

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Now there are only chemicals and pesticides in our food. Only this is left.

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Explanation

A 14-second video shows a person standing inside a tank full of a milky, white liquid. It appears to be a farm field. In the video, we see him dipping a box of grapes into the liquid that has gone viral on social media. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Now there are only chemicals and pesticides in our food.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We began our investigation by searching Google with relevant keywords, which brought us to the same video that went viral and was posted by the X account “Film Food Fun.” We discovered that many users had brought up the fact that it’s a dry grape-making process when we looked into the comment section.

We took that as a cue and found a video posted on the YouTube page ‘FarmTV’ regarding the production of dry grapes on December 30, 2014. The video is captioned as ‘Dry Grape or Raisin Making.’ According to the video, after removing the bruised, cracked, and damaged grapes, the bunches should be washed with clean water. The grapes should then be submerged in a solution containing one liter of ethyl oleate and two kilograms of potassium carbonate for three to five minutes before being allowed to dry.

Upon further research, we got our hands on the manual jointly published by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Research Center for Grapes (NRCG) titled ‘Quality and Safe Dry Grape Production’.

As per the manual, before dipping the bunches in a dipping oil solution, they should be inspected for damaged berries and such berries are removed from the bunches. To remove dust particles from berry skin, bunches are dipped for 30- 60 seconds in clean water. Then soak the grapes in water with ethyl oleate and potassium carbonate solution. This will enable the grapes to rapidly lose water.

The different brands of dipping oils are available in the market. Generally, a combination of ethyl oleate (1.5%) and potassium carbonate (2.5%) is used for the purpose. Dip the grape bunches in the solution for 2 to 6 minutes. For effective drying and maintaining the quality parameters in raisin, the pH of the solution should be between 11.0 and 11.5. It is stated that 10 liters of dipping solution is found enough to dip 80 to 100 kg grape bunches.

The grapes are then dried and desiccated one last time before being packaged for sale. It is evident from these that this is the process by which dried grapes are produced. However, we were unable to pinpoint the location and time of the video’s capture independently.

Also, watching a viral video also raises the question of whether the aforementioned guidelines are appropriately followed because grapes are dipped in a potassium carbonate solution while one is standing inside the tank. Furthermore, it is unknown if the pH levels and time frames indicated above are adhered to.

Conclusion:

Making dried grapes involves soaking grapes in a liquid that resembles milk, as demonstrated in a widely shared video. For that, there are some guidelines available. It’s unclear if the widely shared video abides by these rules correctly.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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