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Food Adulteration

Fight For Safe Food

Main offenders spared for political affiliations

Food adulteration is going on as the main offenders are being spared because of their political identities and influences, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said yesterday. "We don't want to see consideration of political identities during action against such malpractices. We want to see the enforcement of law duly against all," he told a discussion at the Senate Building of Dhaka University (DU). RDRS Bangladesh, Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh (PHFB) and Dhaka University Rover Scout Group jointly...

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...

HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR

Combating food adulteration from a rights perspective

Combating food adulteration from a rights perspective

FOOD adulteration has been the headlines of the dailies in Bangladesh for a decade or more. Despite much ado and sensation, the issue is yet to addressed metes and bounds. Right to safe food is a constituent element of the 'right to adequate food'. The right to safe food generally refers to 'the...

Editorial

Formalin-contaminated edibles

A formalin-checking operation by a joint team of BSTI and mobile courts launched on Saturday at Mohammadpur Town Hall Market met with stiff resistance from the traders. With the apex trade body, FBCCI, and some banks having supplied toxin detection kits to the city's 11 kitchen markets, the checking at Mohammadpur market was only to be expected. The news had been doing rounds that none of the markets was using the appliance. They were merrily going around with the...

Clamp down on food adulteration

Clamp down on food adulteration

Against the backdrop of rampant food adulteration in the country, a community group organised a human chain in front of the capital's Jaitya Press Club yesterday demanding strict enforcement of food safety laws. With colourful banners and festoons reading "No more adulterated food", "Stop poisoning us", "Fruits should heal, not kill", "We want safe...

The steps to clean food

The steps to clean food

The per capita food consumption in Bangladesh has increased, thanks to rising incomes since 2000. However, worries over food adulteration have gone up side-by-side. In an e-mailed interview with The Daily Star recently, Mike Robson, representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation in Bangladesh, discusses food adulteration and the reasons behind contamination in the food...

Editorial

Toxic food everywhere

THE incidence of adulterated food items has acquired such an intensity that now the list of edibles has shrunk only to a few. Monitoring of food supply chain will not be enough by itself, long term damaging effects of consuming contaminated food will have to sink in the minds of the perpetrators. We need to ensure that concerned persons at all levels of food production and supplies are sensitised about the harmful effects of adulteration and refrain from it. The...

BITTER TRUTH

Slow poisoning continues unabated

Slow poisoning continues unabated

  FAO-sponsored test conduc-ted on fruits, vegetables, milk and milk-products in a government laboratory revealed that all of them contain banned pesticides that pose serious health hazards. The presence of toxic substances in these samples was about more to 20 times more than set by the European Union. The report further said that 40%...

Editorial

Banned pesticides in food chain

BASED on a FAO-sponsored test at the National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL), it has been reported that some 40 percent of the 82 food samples tested contained dangerous pesticides that were banned more than fifteen years ago. On the whole, presence of toxins in the foods was found three to twenty times the limit set by the European Union. Against such an ominous backdrop a number of agriculturists have blamed sloppy government monitoring at field level for the use...

Kushtia kid dies eating ‘poisonous melon’

Kushtia kid dies eating ‘poisonous melon’

At least one child died and 10 others fell sick after they ate “poisonous” watermelon in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia. Smrity, 9, died around 2:30pm at the Kushtia Medical College Hospital reports our Kushtia correspondent. Her brother Anik, 11, went into coma due to his sickness, said Dr Asaduzzaman, an assistant professor of Rajshahi Medical...

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