Anti-adulteration blitz demanded.
News Desk A Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) mobile court fined nine fast-food shops Tk 4.30 lakh in the city's New Market area on Sunday as part of a drive against food adulteration. The mobile court also fined the departmental shop 'Swapna' at Banani Tk 10 lakh for selling unhygienic food items. The drive was conducted as part of the DMP's ongoing special drive throughout the holy month of Ramadan, said DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman.
During the drive, led by Executive Magistrate Mohammad Mashiur Rahman, Food Corner was fined Tk 1 lakh while Kings Fast Food, Penji Fast Food, Kepray Fast Food, Capital Fast Food, Al Amin Food and Saikat Fast Food were penalised Tk 50,000 each, and Welcome Fast Food and Al Jaber Fast Food were fined Tk 10,000 and Tk 20,000 respectively. It may be recalled that after the drive launched by Magistrate Rokonuddowla no strong drive was made against spurious food. The worst inhuman acts like poisoning of food chain with adulteration by indiscriminate application of toxic chemicals has been continuing unabated. The spurious fast food is putting a deleterious effect on the health of particularly the children. Jars with fake and spurious water named mineral waters continued to sell unhindered in the market. Fruits mixed with dangerous chemicals as preservatives are selling in markets doing positive harms to the health of the people.
It was, therefore, the demand of the people that the authorities launch a draconian drive against food adulteration. However, the authorities assured that adulteration drive would continue. Meanwhile, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu Sunday asked the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) to intensify their anti-adulteration drives across the country for ensuring safe food during the holy month of Ramadan. "Businessmen involved with food adulteration should abstain from the malpractice as it could even harm their own family members. BSTI should be careful about the dishonest businessmen so that they cannot sell any unhealthy and low quality food," he said. The Industries Minister was speaking as the chief guest at a discussion on "Constant Evolution of the International System of Units (SI)" at BSTI auditorium in the city. BSTI organised the discussion marking the "World Metrology Day-2018".
Additional Secretary of the Industries Ministry M Enamul Haque was present as the special guest while BSTI Director General Sardar Abul Kalam presided over the discussion. Amu said that regional offices of the BSTI would conduct anti-adulteration drives at the district and upazila levels. He said safe and adequate raw materials are essential to make quality product, otherwise. "We must follow the international standard of measurement in all areas," he added.