A section of dishonest seasonal businessmen are producing substandard vermicelli and marketing those widely across the country ahead of Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
They are doing the unethical practice to profiteer greatly as demand of the traditional food has risen before the largest religious festival of the Muslim community.
Some dishonest businessmen are producing adulterated vermicelli without following the standard set by the Bangladesh Standard Testing Institution (BSTI), said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Executive Magistrate Sarwar Alam.
The food is being produced secretly in the factories keeping the main entrance locked from behind.
There are allegations that some unauthorised mill owners have long been carrying out such illegal business by managing some dishonest officials of the department concerned.
Such illegal factories have mushroomed in different places of the capital, including Chowk Bazar, Lalbagh, Hazaribagh, Keraniganj, Islampur, Babubazar, Moulvibazar, Islambagh, Choto Katra, Kamrangirchar, Demra, Savar, Dhamrai, Ashulia and some other parts of the country.
While visiting several factories in old part of the capital, it was seen that workers were making vermicelli in unhygienic environment.
Low quality flours, ghee and burnt soybean oil are being used to produce substandard vermicelli.
Besides, this vermicelli is being dried in the sun in open space and dusts are gathering on the food.
Then this substandard vermicelli is being marketed under different brand names, said Sarwar Alam. Regular consumption of such vermicelli can lead to various health complications, he said.
“The artificial colours and flavours containing harmful chemicals, substandard oil, animal fat, butter oil are widely being used in production of vermicelli. Consumers are hardly aware of these,” said the magistrate. On May 9, a mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) fined a factory Tk1 lakh for making adulterated vermicelli in the capital’s Kamrangichar.