Drive against food adulteration must up to UP level

Drive against food adulteration must up to UP level

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Dhaka – The government should extend its anti-adulteration drive to field level from towns or cities to ensure safe food in the country, experts said.Besides, the authority concerned should conduct test regarding the standard of food in every Union Parishad and Wards and later it should inform the testing results to people, they said.
As part of observance of the World Food Day, Paribesh Bachao Andalan (POBA) organized a roundtable discussion on ‘role of safe food production’ held at its city office yesterday.
Experts also urged the government to bring field level production under direct vigilance to prevent adulteration.
Among others, POBA chairman Abu Naser Khan, former additional director general of the department of environment (DoE) Abdus Sobhan, physician Dr Lelin Chowdhury, agriculturist ABM Tauhidul Alam, Nagorik Odhikar Sangrakhan Forum general secretary Toyob Ali, modern club president Abul Hasanat and POBA secretary Ferdous Ahmed Uzzal also spoke on the occasion.
Speakers urged the government to increase national investment and allocation for production of safe food in the country.
“The lion share of food comes from the agricultural sector. Various fertilizers and pesticides are used during production, stocking and marketing even from field level—which hazardous to health,” Abu Naser Khan said.
Not only granular food—even the sources of protein like poultry and fishes are also becoming poisonous due to use of toxic feed, he added.
“Chromium and lead have been found in poultry chicken and fish at dangerous level. The nation is now passing a serious crisis moment for the production of safe food in the country,” Abdus Sobhan said.
The speakers also urged the authorities concerned to ensure farmers security, who are the food producers, to overcome the crisis of danger level of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. – Staff Reporter

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