Low quality edible salt makers to be blacklisted: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Feb 08,2019


Industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Thursday issued warning that salt manufacturing companies which would supply low quality salt in the market would be blacklisted.
‘The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution will blacklist the dishonest salt manufacturers and the government will shut their units,’ said the minister at a meeting with a delegation of Bangladesh Salt Mills Owners Association at his ministry office in the city.
‘The government is responsible to ensure iodised edible salt for protecting public health and BSTI, under the industries ministry, is working in this regard,’ he said.
Humayun said that the government would not compromise with iodine-free or non-hygienic edible salt traders as such salt was harmful for public health.
Among others, Pubali Salt Industries owner Paritos Kanti Shah, Shahe Madina Salt Industries owner Dulal Roy and representative of the Mollah Salt Industries Limited MA Mannan were present at the meeting, according to a press release issued by the ministry.
The minister held a separate meeting with the leaders of Leather Goods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh.
The delegation sought cooperation from the government to implement the roadmap of the trade body which was developed for the betterment of the leather sector, said the press release.
LGFMEAB leaders said that the government support was needed for the sector so that the country could meet overall $60 billion export earnings target by 2021 and there was scope to increase the export earnings of the leader sector to $5 billion.
LGFMEAB president Md Saiful Islam, vice president Mohammed Nazmul Hassan and director Ziaur Rahman, among others, were present at the meeting.

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