BFSA certifies vegetable, fruits free from formalin

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha | Published: 20:03, Aug 19,2017



Vegetable and fruits have no formalin as there is no scope to adulterate vegetable and fruits by mixing formalin, a harmful chemical, said Bangladesh Food Safety Authority.

‘BFSA has found in investigation and research with the assistance of Food and Agriculture Organization that there is no scope to adulterate fruits and vegetables by formalin,’ said BFSA chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque told a press conference at Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dhaka on Saturday.

Vegetable and fruits are big sources of micronutrients, he added.

He said there is no scope of using formalin in fruits like mango and apple. Apple does not get rotten because paraffin wax is used on apple which is imported from long distance, he added.

About the presence of artificial eggs in market, he said there is wrong conception about presence of artificial eggs and use of colour in watermelon.

‘Our investigation has found that there is no basis of it,’ he added.

Mentioning reports in some electronic media about presence of artificial eggs, BFSA chairman requested journalists to highlight the real problem.

‘We have investigated the matter and did not find anything,’ he added.

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