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7 January, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Food adulteration

Food adulteration

According to a report published in this newspaper on Friday, Armed Police Battalion (APBN) has expedited drives against sale of adulterated food and expired consumer items and fined owners of six shops Tk 3.41 lakh in the metropolis. APBN in cooperation with a team of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) conducted drives in different areas including Mohakhali and Sonargaon, Janopad, Uttara area in the city. This indeed is a welcome initiative and food safety is one of those matters where no compromise can be made.
Unfortunately while the latest move is praiseworthy we believe that isolated actions will not bring the desired result. Continuous vigilance is absolutely essential to ensure that the consumers get safe food. In the last few decades it has been observed that food adulteration in this country starts from the field itself where fertilizers and pesticides are overused. Therefore, one kind of contaminant that is present across all range of food is very high level of pesticide residues. In the markets and even in many so-called supermalls very often food is adulterated by merchants and traders who are unscrupulous and want to make a quick buck. A lack of awareness, negligence, indiffe­rence and lethargy among consumers and inadequate enforcement of food laws and food safety measures also lead to food adulteration.
It is a matter of grave concern that food insecurity and adulteration have not only worsened but also playing havoc with the lives of people. From mixing of edible oils with inferior varieties to ripening of fruits with banned chemicals, Bangladesh has become home to the worst kind of adulteration of food. While these details are startling, what is even more alarming is the fact that most of the culprits engaged in this illegal activity in the country go unpunished. While drives like the recent one have been conducted now and then people rarely, we are yet to see a person or a company being convicted for food adulteration. This becomes even more of a serious issue in view of the fact that a significant percentage of our population is deprived of adequate health-care. In most of the developed countries, they have made stringent policies regarding food adulteration and implemented the same in its real spirit. That’s why today, there exists little such problem of food adulteration in those countries. On the contrary, in Bangladesh laws have been enacted, but they were not implemented properly on many if not most occasions. The result is for all to see.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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