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22 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 May, 2019 01:07:03 AM
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Be tough against toxic fruit sellers

The High Court (HC) Monday rightly directed the authorities concerned to form separate teams to monitor fruit markets and warehouses across the country to see that chemicals are not used in fruits. We welcome the directive. On April 9, the HC had directed the authorities concerned to deploy the police within seven days in major mango orchards across the country, including Rajshahi, to prevent the use of chemicals in mangoes. The court had also directed that a report on this be submitted within the next 30 days.

As summer season is going on, markets of the country will soon be flooded with various delicious fruits, particularly mangoes. The holy month of Ramadan is going on. The fasting people are and will be taking various fruits, particularly mangoes, at Iftar. But if the mango is laced with chemicals, it will cause more harm than good. That is why mango will have to be naturally ripe and the government administration as well as the law enforcers will have to ensure that precisely.

The fruits laced with toxic substances cause various diseases, including respiratory problem, asthma, intestinal disease, kidney failure and even cancer. The fruits imported from abroad also contain preservatives that are extremely harmful for health. These fruits must be brought under examination, and if found poisonous, action should be taken against the persons concerned.

The drive launched by the law enforcement agency personnel against chemically ripened fruits in the capital city and other places in the country in the past earned the confidence of the people to some extent. Hundreds of tonnes of toxic mangoes have been destroyed in different places of Dhaka a couple of years ago. This has shaken the stronghold of the profit-mongering dishonest businessmen and their patrons. Many people who stopped taking fruits started taking the same again. The drive against sale of toxic fruits must continue for a longer period of time to rein in the culprits who are playing with the lives of the people. If the drive is slackened, the dishonest traders will take advantage of it and will start their malpractice again jeopardizing public health.  

 

 

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