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FIAB against ‘immoral’ Hazaribagh poultry feed traders

Update : 22 May 2014, 08:04 PM

Despite several drives by law enforcement and reports by media, many factories in Dhaka’s Hazaribagh continue manufacturing poultry feed using toxic tannery waste, said members of Feed Industries Association Bangladesh (FIAB) at a meeting in the capital yesterday.

The association also urged the concerned government authorities to conduct an immediate drive in Hazaribagh to identify and shut down these factories.

In the meeting held at FIAB’s Gulshan office, FIAB President Moshiur Rahman said the association had been asking the government to take necessary steps to shut down the toxic feed manufacturing factories for the past few years.

“In March this year, one such factory was sealed off and fined by a mobile court for food adulteration. Another drive was conducted in the same area a few years back,” he said.

The High Court also issued a ruling to shut down these factories, but they are still running.

“Therefore, a combined operation is a must in order to close down this deadly business,” he said.

“These companies are not members of FIAB. Many have established such illegal business by acquiring trade licence from the city corporation,” he said.

Moshiur said he was grateful for the drive by the Department of Environment on Wednesday that ousted four such factories in Hazaribagh.

FIAB Secretary Khondker Monsur Hossain said ousting or sealing off one or two factories would not uproot the problem.

“According to our information, there are at least 20-25 factories from Hazaribagh to Gabtoli areas that are producing poultry feed by using toxic tannery waste. The small farmers are being cheated by purchasing such low-cost adulterated feed, risking health hazards,” he said.

Monsur claimed that, though the market of such substandard feed is very small, the health risks are very high.

“Therefore, to ensure consumer rights and secure their health, we must uproot these factories  without wasting any more time,” he said. 

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