Civil society members yesterday urged the government to implement the Safe Food Act 2013 immediately in order to stop the ongoing trend of food adulteration in the country.
They made the call at a discussionon food safety organised by Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) at capital’s Judicial Administration Training Institute auditorium yesterday.
“The government should make immediate moves to implement the Safe Food Act 2013 to bring the culprits linked with food adulteration to book in Bangladesh,”said former Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque.
He claimed that the delay in the implemention of the act was caused because of the “indifference” of the government adding that food adulteration was a process of “Silent Mass Killing”.
However, the action should be taken against the main culprits rather than the poor retailers who play a negligible role in the process to earn their
livelihoods, National Human Rights commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman said.
He urged the government to recognise food as a fundamental right of people in the constitution so that the government can be held accountable to ensure safe food.
An unscrupulous section of businessmen have been mixing different types of chemicals including formalin in food in the name of preservation making fresh food highly unavailable these days, he added.
Abu Naser Khan, chairman of Poba called upon the government to finalise the draft of Formalin Control Act immediately to check the excessive import and usage of formalin and also implement all kinds of international agreements and protocols made on food safety.
The panelists stressed that alongside formalin, excessive usage of fertilisers and pesticides during cultivation process were also causing harm to the foods produced in the country.
Dr Lenin Chowdhury, chairman of Health and Hope Hospital, suggested that the government provide proper trainings to the farmers on usage of such chemicals in collaboration with the field level officers of the agriculture department.