Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said on Tuesday safe food would play a very significant role in building a healthy, strong and talented nation.
"The incumbent government is making efforts to build safe food production, processing, preservation; marketing and consumption habits . . . public awareness can make this effort more fruitful and successful," he told a seminar in a city hotel.
Speaking at a seminar titled "Awareness on Safe Food Act, 2013 and Rules and Regulations and Media in Creating Public Awareness" organized by Safe Food Authority at Intercontinental Grand Ballroom.
"Ensuring safe food is now the demand of time. If it is possible to ensure safe food, it will be possible to build a healthy, strong, hardworking and talented population," the minister observed.
Referring to mobile laboratories throughout the country, Sadhan said the laboratories are being set up for checking food at the upazila level in eight divisions countrywide, which would help people know whether food is safe.
Noting that a large testing laboratory of Asia is being set up in Narayanganj soon with the funding of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), he said this will make it easier to determine the quality of food and issue certificates.
At the same time, the minister urged the people to play their due role from their respective positions to ensure safe food.
The function was addressed, among others, by Food Ministry Secretary Dr Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum, Founder Director and Head of News of Channel i Shykh Seraj, Safe Food Authority member Rezaul Karim, Ekattar Television's Head of News Bayezid Milky, Executive Editor of the Daily Sun Rezaul Karim Lotus, Banglavision's Head of News Masood Kamal, DBC Channel's Chief Editor Pranab Saha and president of Bangladesh Restaurant Owners Association Imran Hasan.