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Mobile food safety laboratories to be set across the capital

  • Published at 02:02 am December 4th, 2019
Mobile laboratories for food safety
A mobile laboratory of the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) was inaugurated at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Fahim Reza Shovon/Dhaka Tribune

Food Minister blames the rice mill owners’ for the hike in rice price

Mobile food safety laboratories will be used across the capital by the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) to detect food adulteration. 

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder yesterday came up with this remark at the inauguration ceremony of the mobile laboratory of the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel which could detect food adulteration. 

In the program, he said that with the help of USAID, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the mobile laboratory will be operationalized in different places of Dhaka. He also said that such laboratories will gradually be available in all districts of the country.

Instruments seen inside the mobile lab | Fahim Raza Shovon/Dhaka TribuneThe mobile laboratory will detect the adulteration status of the food. Contamination and adulteration related visuals will be screened, along with showing awareness-raising tips.

The air-conditioned laboratory is established in a mini-bus, will consist of at least 10 scientific instruments, chemicals, and other necessities. 

The laboratory is prepared for BFSA by Isham Ul Haque of Haq’s Bay Automobiles Ltd.

During his speech, the minister blamed rice mill owners for the recent price hike of the main commodity. He also claimed that there are sufficient rice stocks and 22 monitoring teams are available to control the in rice prices. 

Robert Simpson, FAO representative in Bangladesh, Food Secretary Shahabuddin Ahmed, Chairman of BFSA Syeda Sarwar Jahan were present among others.