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Exemplary punishments for food adulteration stressed

Exemplary punishments for food adulteration stressed

Speakers at a workshop have stressed for strict implementation of the anti-adulteration laws to ensure exemplary punishments to those responsible for mixing chemicals with foods to save human lives. Gangachara 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 Wednesday. Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and ICT) and Acting Deputy Director (Local Government) Dr ATM Mahbub-Ul Karim attended and addressed the workshop as the chief guest with Gangachara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Tauhidul Islam in the chair. Gangachara upazila vice-chairmen Fosiul Alam and Nzmin Begum, Upazila Agriculture Officer Abdullah Al Mamun, Officer-in-Charge of Gangachara Thana Abdul Mannan, District Facilitator of UzGP Jahangir Alam, addressed as the special guests. Upazila Fisheries Officer (In-charge) Rezaul Kabir, Upazila Academic Supervisor Aftabur Rahman, Upazila sanitary Inspector Saidur Rahman, President of Upazila Shop Owners’ Association Saiful Islam and Hotel Owner Sahedul Islam Dulu, also spoke. Upazila level government officials, employees, representatives of different business, sociocultural, political and professional organisations, NGOs, women and human rights activists, adolescents, civil society members, teachers, students and elite participated.
The speakers expressed concerns on flooding of the local markets with adulterated and chemical poison-mixed baby foods, vegetables, fish, meat, fruits, hotel and packed foods, adulterated and date expired lifesaving medicines and other foodstuffs. 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, they said. They demanded for strict implementation of the consumers’ rights act and other related laws, anti-adulteration drives round the year, 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 by the administration and those involved with mixing chemicals including formalin with any type of foods will be punished severely. He stressed for launching social movement, involving the people from all walks in life, against food adulteration which threatens the next generations in becoming healthier and worthy citizens. -BSS, Rangpur