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12:00 AM, June 09, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:14 AM, June 09, 2021

No shortage of food, but safety an issue

Speakers tell discussion

Speakers at an event yesterday called for ensuring safe and healthy foods for the consumers.

They also expressed grave concerns over the excessive use of pesticide in agro products, antibiotic in poultry birds and harmful elements in food.

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Though there is no scarcity of food, there is a dearth of safe and healthy foods, they added.

To mark World Food Safety Day 2021, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Switzerland-based institution, with the support of Dhaka South City Corporation, organised the discussion at Shitalakhya Hall Room of DSCC.

According to the speakers, although the country's food production is at a satisfactory level, farmers have been deprived of fair prices of their products.

Currently, it is a big challenge to ensure safe foods for the consumers and also fair prices of crops, they added.

They also called on farmers and others concerned not to use the excessive number of harmful elements in poultry birds and crops for ensuring the food safety.

Farid Ahmed, chief executive officer of DSCC, attended the discussion as chief guest, while Md Babor Ali Mir, zonal executive officer (zone-3) of DSCC; Dr Monjur Al Morshed Chowdhury, deputy programme manager, Institution of Public Health Nutrition; Prof Dr Md Abdul Alim, member of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, Md Shakhawath Hossain, project director of Eat Safe project, Sheikh Zahidul Islam, president of Islambagh City Corporation Wet Market, among others, spoke.

Earlier in the morning, the organisation brought out a procession in front of Dhaka College.

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