Zero tolerance to food adulteration

Zero tolerance to food adulteration in BD

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Dhaka, April 10 – The government will to show zero tolerance to prevent adulteration in food and pollution, says Minister for Food Sadhan Chandra Majumder.
Like eradication of drugs and militancy, the drive against food adulteration will also be strengthened across the country. Zero tolerance will be shown to thwart food adulteration and pollution,” he said while speaking at a press conference at media centre of Jatiya Sangsad.
The minister issued the note of warning against the unscrupulous businessmen to refrain from adulteration of food a month ahead of the holy month of Ramazan.
Mr Majumder asserted that the government is also determined to ensure safe and nutritional food for the people.
He mentioned that the government has conducted 4,509 mobile courts from August 2015 to March this year (43 months) and fined Tk 5.43 crore from 7,562 people in connection with adulteration of food. A
total of 7,650 cases was filed to this regard, he added.
Speaking at the press conference, Chairman of Parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Food Mohammed Nasim urged the businessmen not to increase price hike of essentials in the month of Ramazan without any reason.
“Please, you (businessmen) do not increase the price of essentials in the month of Ramazan unnecessarily. Don’t try adulteration in food,” he said.
Nasim, also former health minister termed adulteration of food dangerous than killers.
“People those used to try food adulteration are dangerous than those are involved in killing people by setting fire… They are doing unpardonable crimes,” he said.
He argued that since the country turned into self-sufficient in food why won’t be able to take tougher action against food adulteration.
“Our neighbouring India continuously carried out drives against adulteration of food. The drive against adulteration of food will also be carried out in our country,” he said adding that the greedy businessmen would not be spared.
Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Food Nurul Islam Nahid, Whip Atiur Rahman Atik and Ayenuddin were present at the press conference. – Staff Reporter

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