'Strict implementation of anti-adulteration laws underscored'

‘Strict implementation of anti-adulteration laws underscored’


Speakers at a day-long workshop have stressed for strict implementation of the anti-adulteration laws to ensure exemplary punishments to those responsible for adulterating foodstuffs to save human lives.Badarganj upazila administration organised the workshop on ‘Food adulteration, public health, morality, implementation of anti-adulteration laws and creating social awareness’ at its auditorium under Upazila Governance Project (UzGP) on Tuesday.Badarganj upazila chairman Fazle Rabbi Sweet attended and addressed the workshop as the chief guest with Upazila Nirbahi Officer Khondker Istiauque Ahmed in the chair Badarganj upazila vice-chairmen Saidul Islam and Rubina Akhter, General Secretary of upazila Awami League Ahsanul Haque Chowdhury Tutul, District Facilitator of UzGP Jahangir Alam, Upazila Muktijoddha Commander Aiyub Ali, addressed as special guests.
Badarganj Upazila Agriculture Officer Abdur Rashid, BRAC official Enamul Haque, journalists Hemanata Sarker, Ruhul Amin Sarker and Saidul Haque Sathi, businessmen Biplob Kundu and Rostam Ali also spoke.Upazila level government officials, employees, representatives of different business, socio- cultural, political and professional organisations, NGOs, women and human rights activists, adolescents, civil society members, teachers, students and elite participated.The speakers expressed concerns on availability of the adulterated and chemical poison-mixed baby foods, vegetables, fish, meat, fruits, hotel and packed foods, adulterated and date expired lifesaving medicines and other foodstuffs in local markets.They said the extent of deadly hepatitis, kidney, heart and liver diseases, paralysis, cancer, pancreas ailments and other diseases have been increasing alarmingly creating threat to the public health even after many years of consuming adulterated foods.The speakers unequivocally demanded for strict implementation of the consumers’ rights act and other related laws, inclusion of anti-adulteration curriculum and complete ban on selling of adulterated foods mixed with poisonous chemicals.They urged for banning false advertisements in media to attract consumers in purchasing adulterated foods and asked the administrations and law enforcement agencies to stop selling commodities at higher rates than the fixed prices and cheating in weights.The chief guest said the anti-adulteration drives, led by the executive magistrates, are being conducted regularly by the administration and those involved with mixing chemicals including formalin with any type of foods will be punished severely.BSS, Rangpur


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