Food safety is a big challenge for the country as hundreds of thousands of businesspeople involved in food processing are working under the regulations of so many regulators.
This observation came from Bangladesh Food Safety Authority chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque at a press conference in the capital on Saturday.
He said about 25 lakh people were involved in producing, processing and manufacturing foods — about 15 lakh of them directly and 10 lakh indirectly.
At least 18 ministries were working to ensure safe food to the country people, the BFSA chairman said, adding that they were now mainly emphasising raising awareness of safe foods among people.
The BFSA, in collaboration with Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Foreign Investors, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organised the press conference at MCCI office.
The organisers informed that they were going to hold a two-day international food safety conference, first ever in Bangladesh, in Dhaka at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in August 23-24.
Terming safe food as rights of the people, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution director ANM Asaduzzaman stressed the need for creating mass awareness of safe foods throughout the country.
FICCI president Rupali Chowdhury called upon the government to enforce the relevant laws to bring the food adulterators to book and ensure exemplary punishment.
She also urged the government to reward the rule-abiding food businesspeople.
MCCI general secretary Farouque Ahmed said that Bangladesh was one of the growing food processing country and so food safety was necessary not only for the domestic consumers, but also for global standards.
MCCI felt proud of being a co-organiser of the international conference to be held in Bangladesh, he said.
Organisers said that a number of renowned speakers, academicians, researchers, representatives of food processing industries from home and abroad would attend the international conference.
Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu is scheduled to inaugurate the conference while commerce minister Tofail Ahmed will conclude it as chief guest.
National Parliament has passed the Food Safety Act, 2013 on October 10, 2013 for the establishment of an efficient, effective, scientifically based authority for regulating food production, import, processing, stockpiling, supplying, marketing and sales.
It acts also to ensure the people’s access to safe food through appropriate application of scientific processes and state of the art technology.
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