The Consumers’ Association of Bangladesh on Wednesday warned that consumptions of deep fried foods may lead to serious health hazard, especially during fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Speakers at a discussion held by CAB in Dhaka suggested that people prepare their iftar items at home or make sure that they are buying from shops that maintain hygiene and practise ethical business.
They said the best would be to change the traditional food behaviour during Ramadan as having food fried deep in overused oil exposes people to various health risks.
‘All these fried food will irritate your stomach,’ said FAO senior national advisor Shah Monir Hossain.
‘It’s time to say good-bye to fried food as they are essentially junk food,’ Monir added.
In his keynote paper presented at the discussion Monir included photos showing seasonal businessmen selling iftar items by the roads without covering them.
‘Keeping food open on roadsides increases contamination risks,’ said Monir.
Ubinig executive director Farida Akhter said city corporations could earmark areas for selling iftar items in neighbourhoods and help businessmen keep it clean and maintain hygiene.
BIRDEM principal nutritionist Shamsunnaher Nahid said eating of deep fried food raises cardiac disease risks alongside creating other health conditions.
Food minister Qamrul Islam warned businessmen against adulteration saying that the government might react badly if they did not stop adulterating food.
Food secretary-in-charge Shahabuddin Ahmed, FBCCI director Khandaker Ruhul Amin, BFSA chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque and representatives from different non government organisation participated at the discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the morning.
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