Green activists demand formalin-free fruits

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 20 May 2017, 18:14:31

Green activists demand formalin-free fruits

Leaders of different environmental organisations on Saturday demanded the government ensure chemical-free fruits for people.

The green activists came up with the demand during a human-chain programme organised in front of Dhaka University’s Fine Arts Faculty, reports UNB.

 “The government doesn’t feed people…they earn their own livelihood, and they also pay tax. So, they want chemical- and poison-free fruits,” said Abdus Sobhan, general secretary of Paribesh Bachao Andolan (POBA).

The seasonal juicy fruits like mango, lychee, jackfruit, pineapple and blackberry have started hitting the market, but people are in fear about having formalin-free fruits, said Sobhan.

The fruits laced with formalin cause various diseases, including respiratory problem, asthma, gastric and cancer, he added.

Leaders of Bangladesh Civil Rights Protection Forum (BCRPF), Bangladesh Scout and Guide Fellowship Paribesh Andolan Mancha, Bangladesh Cycle Lane Bastobayan Parishad and Pallima Green joined the human chain.

The speakers said the government must play a stronger role in raising public awareness against formalin use in seasonal fruits as the government depends on taxpayers’ money.

The problem can be solved if the government takes harsher actions against the importers of the poisonous chemical.

The green activists mentioned that the government has enacted several laws to ensure the production and sale of safe foods to protect the public health, but those are hardly enforced.
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