Lax implementation of food safety regulations in the country has led to widespread food adulteration. A related danger is the misuse of antibiotics to boost poultry production that can pose significant risks to human health. The discovery of formalin-laced fish at markets has also raised concerns about the competence of the authorities. The most horrifying of these is the possibility that a chemical used to preserve dead bodies may have made its way into our food chain.
All things considered, we really need to be careful about what we eat. Preventing adulteration is paramount but how do we go about it in the face of mounting pressure to produce food for a growing population? How do you ensure both quality and quantity of food at the same time? Strengthening existing regulations can be a starting point. I think we should immediately ban the use of antibiotics in the poultry industry. We should also form a national action plan in this regard.
Zubair Khaled Huq