Ethylene has been found not harmful or toxic tohumans in the concentrations found in ripeningrooms.
In fact, ethylene was used medically as a anesthetic inconcentrations significantly greater than that found ina ripening room. However, ethylene is often targetedas the reason for difficulty in breathing in ripeningrooms; what can affect some people is usually either:a) Carbon Dioxide (CO
,) levels: CO
, is produced bythe ripening fruit in the room and levels increase over time, or b) Oxygen levels: The oxygen in the room whenloaded is taken in by the ripening fruit. This sometimeswill make breathing in a ripening room difficult. Theincreased CO
, and decreased oxygen levels are themain reasons for venting the ripening room.