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‘Vitamin A must in edible oils’

Update : 03 Oct 2013, 02:26 PM

The cabinet approved in principles the draft of “Edible Oil Fortification with Vitamin ‘A’ Act-2013” mandating the inclusion of Vitamin A in edible oil.

The proposed law will ban the import of unfortified edible oil.

The meeting, held Thursday afternoon and chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, approved the draft produced by the Ministry of Industries.

Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed the media afterwards.

The draft will be forwarded to the law ministry for vetting, before placing it to the cabinet again for final approval.

According to the draft law, refiners and traders will not be allowed to sell, supply or export edible oil without Vitamin A fortification at a specified dosage.

Businesses will be prohibited in importing unfortified edible oil as well, the draft added.

Industry ministry said they had supplied 16 premix dosing pump and 15.9 tonnes of Vitamin A to 16 vegetable oil refinery units for fortification as a project.

Some refiners have already started Vitamin A fortification, the cabinet secretary said in his briefing.

There are 22 edible oil refinery plants in the country. Among them, the authorities of 16 have signed a memorandum of understanding with the ministry for Vitamin A fortification.

The draft law says refiners will be allowed to import unfortified oil on the condition that they mix Vitamin A at a specified dosage set as a rule.

Refiners will have to tag the fortification logo on the container before marketing.

The draft proposed a Tk500,000 fine for first time offenders and Tk1m-2m for repeat offenders.

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