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Food Adulteration

Life term for formalin culprits

Life term for formalin culprits

Parliament today passed the long-sought 'Formalin Control Bill, 2015' having a provision of maximum life term imprisonment and Tk 20 lakh fine, aiming to control the misuse of formalin, including in food items. Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed piloted the bill in the House and it was passed by voice vote. The draft law did not...

Mobile courts whimsically fining supermarkets

Supermarkets at a meeting yesterday accused mobile courts checking food adulteration and contamination of arbitrarily imposing fines and filing cases without specifying the crimes and giving them no chance to defend themselves.  “The BSTI (Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution) issues licences to manufactures for maintaining product standards. So why should mobile courts fine us for the manufacturers' faults?” said Shaheen Khan, chief operating officer of Meena Bazar. The meeting between supermarkets, bakery owners and BSTI was held at the BSTI conference...

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Old formalin in new bottle

Old formalin in new bottle

Refayet Ullah Mirdha with Mahbub Morshed Taking advantage of loopholes in the existing law, a section of traders is importing chemicals like paraformaldehyde that can be used as a substitute for formalin. Though import of formalin, a highly toxic chemical solution, has dropped drastically in recent times, import of chemicals similar to formalin has spiked...

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Law aplenty, will missing

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Wasim Bin Habib with Bishakha Devnath   Laws abound, but they have failed to ensure food safety mostly for a lack of enforcement and coordination among the government bodies responsible for preventing food adulteration. As many as 15 ministries and their agencies are tasked with enforcing more than a dozen laws to check contamination in the...

Part-7
Law aplenty, will missing

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many cooks spoil the broth

  Laws abound, but they have failed to ensure food safety mostly for a lack of enforcement and coordination among the government bodies responsible for preventing food adulteration. As many as 15 ministries and their agencies are tasked with enforcing more than a dozen laws to check contamination in the production, processing and marketing of...

The touch of the alchemists!

WHO says we no more study pure science subjects like physics and chemistry? If not physics, chemistry is being studied with great enthusiasm, even by half educated village traders who do wholesale business on the side line. Food is their favourite area of study.  Look at these extremely talented businessmen-cum-chemists working hard to apply their knowledge of chemistry in shady shops to keep our fruits, fishes, meat, milk and grains from decaying fast. Not only they save our precious...

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...

Shwapno, Star to campaign for food safety

Shwapno, Star to campaign for food safety

Shwapno, a leading retail chain, signed an agreement with The Daily Star for a campaign to build awareness regarding food safety among consumers.   Executive Director of Shwapno Sabbir Hasan Nasir and Editor and Publisher of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam inked the deal for the campaign “Thoughts for Food” on behalf of their...

Editorial

EU ban in prospect?

WITH a potential European Union (EU) ban staring us in the face on Bangladeshi vegetable and fruits exports worth nearly US$210 million per annum, perhaps now the government will wake up to ground realities regarding food adulteration. Unlike the domestic market where public health remains at constant risk due to widespread usage of industrial-grade toxic chemicals, the export market is far too sensitive in such matters. Exporters may soon be in for a rude awakening should such a ban...

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...

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