Thrust on law enforcement, awareness for food safety

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 06 Aug 2017, 22:06:54

Thrust on law enforcement, awareness for food safety

FE Desk

Experts and industry insiders at a dialogue in the city have underscored the need for enforcement of existing laws side by side creating awareness among all concerned to ensure food safety.

Their views were made on Sunday at a consumer awareness dialogue organised jointly by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and USAID's Agricultural Value Chains Project, said a press release.

Titled "fresh food safety and its protocol," the dialogue was held at the DCCI auditorium with Director of the chamber Engr Akber Hakim in the chair.

Mr Hakim said about 50 per cent of the country's total workforce and 87 per cent of rural households rely on agriculture.

Foodstuffs, he said, produced and processed in our country are unsafe due to the overdose of insecticide, fertiliser, toxic and unhygienic pesticides.

He, however, thanked the government for formulating the 'Food Safety Act 2013' and establishing the 'Bangladesh Food Safety Authority.'

For ensuring food safety, he underscored the importance of creating awareness among all involved in the agriculture value chain.

He also called for proper enforcement of food safety law and conduct food safety campaign.

The role of agriculture, according to him, is impeccable for creating employment, productivity and growth.

In his keynote paper, Md. Mozibul Haque, Supply Chain and Market Development Specialist of Solidaridad Network Asia, said most of the people in the country do not follow the food safety manual.

Consumers' education, awareness and mindset are important for food safety, he noted, adding, the Global Agriculture Practice (GAP) is necessary for ensuring food safety here. "We should strengthen food safety control infrastructure and resources."

The country has a good number of food safety rules and regulations, but he said, lack of coordination and absence of effective implementation of these rules and regulations hamper proper food safety.

Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Md. Abdur Rouf, Programme Coordinator of Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) Ahmad Ekramullah and President of Bangladesh Supermarket Owners' Association Niaz Rahim spoke on the occasion as panel discussants.

They said our traditional agriculture is now turning into commercial agriculture.

Organic fertilisers are now being used in place of traditional chemical fertiliser, they observed.
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