Call to stop sale of chemically-treated fruits

14 June, 2017 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Unsafe and contaminated foods are harming the women villagers badly as their relation to preparing and cooking foods is very much closed, reports BSS.

A section of greedy people including farmers and traders are mixing harmful chemicals with seasonal fruits and other foods posing a serious threat to the public life.

Some villagers including women and youths made this observation while addressing a human-chain meeting at Tanore Upazila Parishad complex in the district Monday.

“We want to survive safely and Want Poison-free Foods” was the main slogan of the programme.

Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK) and Upazila Peoples Organizations Coordination Committee jointly organised the meeting. Organization members Jitendra Nath Sutra Dhar, Niva Rani, Sagori Rani and Gita Rani, BARCIK Barind Region Coordinator Shahidul Islam, Associate Programme Officers Shahidul Islam Shahid and Anita Rani Barman spoke on the occasion.

The speakers voiced for strong and regular monitoring of eateries to prevent mixing of formalin in fruits and chemical with foods and ban on preparing foods meant for selling under open sky and on the roadside for ensuring hygienic public health.

They underlined the need for ensuring food safety along with mass awareness regarding safe and nutritious food for ensuring sound public health and environmental perspective. Shahidul Islam said there can be no second opinion that eateries all across the country need to be regularly monitored so that food sellers are forced to sell hygienic foods.

In this season of fruits, various chemicals including formalin, carbide, etc., are being used to ripen fruits, preserving them and creating glossy colour so that buyers are attracted. In the region there is no end to the problems relating to food but if the people’s conscience specially the food sellers can be awakened, much of the problems would be solved automatically.