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Formalin

Editorial

District 'food courts' virtually defunct

NEWS reports regarding the stagnant state of courts set up to act on complaints of food adulteration have surfaced amidst a growing fear of food adulteration by consumers. We note with distress the fact that even after the government had set up these courts on an order by the High Court, they have remained inactive for the last sixteen months. The law ministry has claimed that it has not received even a single complaint from the 'food courts' and...

Of Formalin, Fakery and Fraudulence

VERY recently Dhaka citizens witnessed a much desired drive against formalin treated food by government with support of civil society watchdogs. This was overdue as people helplessly watched every fresh food item they touched, from fish to fruit and vegetables to milk tainted by a potent chemical that could slowly poison a person to death.  The campaign received a lot of publicity over media, and we sitting abroad could also see how the law enforcers were randomly checking stalls...

Fight For Safe Food

Stop use of harmful chemicals in iftar items

Leaders of Poribesh Bachao Andolan (Poba) yesterday urged the government to take necessary steps to stop the use of harmful chemicals in iftar items, and put forward a 12-point recommendation to control the use of such chemicals. Farmers, producers and traders looking to make more profit have been using formalin, fertilisers and other chemicals in foods consumed during iftar that may cause damages to the heart, liver and skin, they said at a press conference at the organisation's head office...

Law Letter

Enactment for formalin free food

Enactment for formalin free food

Formaldehyde, more popularly known as formalin is a dangerous chemical. It has been haunting our people for quite some time. In the recent years, this threat has increased to an unbelievable extent. Primarily formalin is used as a disinfectant. It kills most bacteria and fungi, thus providing a good way of preserving fishes...

Chickens, eggs made risky

Chickens, eggs made risky

Poultry and egg -- two popular and easy-to-afford protein sources -- are not safe anymore as chickens are fed highly toxic tannery waste and excessive antibiotics, two studies have found.   Use of tannery waste makes poultry feed cheap while antibiotics help reduce deaths of chicks. But the practices pose serious health risks to...

  

Editorial

Food adulteration concerns

HOW unsafe is the food we eat and how fringe-touching the drives against its adulterers have been were intensely dwelt on at the BSRM-The Daily Star roundtable on Saturday. Crystallised opinions of experts formed through watching the long-standing malady were voiced in the shape of recommendations. Considering there has been much talk but little action, preventative or remedial, excepting by way of lopsided or piecemeal crackdowns on bazaars, food factories or restaurants, the speakers called for urgent, systematic and sustained...

Editorial

Legislating against formalin menace

THE cabinet in a welcome move on Monday finally Okayed the draft law on checking import of formalin and its widespread abuse in foodstuffs. Through preparation of this draft bill a pivotal requirement is being met towards facing this mounting threat to public health.   While appreciating the move, we would like to stress that once enacted in parliament, the law itself won't be enough to counter this national health hazard, unless the mechanisms to enforce it and monitor the...

Anti-formalin law gets cabinet nod

Anti-formalin law gets cabinet nod

The cabinet today gave final approval to the draft of a formalin control law with a provision of a maximum punishment of life term and a minimum seven years' imprisonment for the offenders. The Formalin Control Act-2014 will also empower deputy commissioners and upazila nirbahi officers to monitor and control use of health hazardous...

Editorial

Law to combat formalin menace

THOUGH long overdue, the reported government move to frame a stringent law to control production, import and sale of formalin is welcome. Given the intractability of the issue in terms of the chemical's widespread abuse in different food items, prevailing confusions over the efficacy of formalin detection kits and weaknesses in the present enforcement mechanism, enactment of the envisaged law will necessarily demand special care to make it failsafe. It is important that the law is able to plug the...

KALEIDOSCOPE

Anti-formalin drive: Should it continue?

LAST week fruit traders called a strike, organized a human chain and so on protesting destruction of chemically-treated fruits by police. Alleging that the police were destroying large quantities of their commodities based on findings of what they termed, inappropriate formalin detection kits, they demanded that the drive be stopped forthwith.   The police drive has definitely hit the fruit traders hard, which is why they have come out on the street in protest. We would urge more discretion from...

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