Call for strict enforcement of laws to ensure safe food

22 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RANGPUR: Creating public awareness and engaging comprehensive efforts of the authorities concerned have become vital to ensure strict enforcement of the Safe Food Act, 2013 to ensure supply of pure and safe foods, reports BSS.

Government officials expressed the opinion on Thursday afternoon at a day-long workshop titled ‘Public Awareness for Implementation of The Safe Food Act, 2013′ arranged here marking the Mujib Year.

The Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) organised the workshop with the assistance of the Divisional Commissioner’s Office at Zila Parishad Community Centre in the city.

Officials of different departments and Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), owners of hotels and restaurants, teachers, students and civil society members participated in the event.

Presided over by Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md. Zakir Hossain, Divisional Commissioner KM Tariqul Islam attended the workshop as the chief guest.

Acting Chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) Md. Mahbub Kabir, its Member Professor Dr. Abdul Alim, Deputy Inspector General of Police for Rangpur Range Devdas Bhattacharya, Rangpur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Abdul Alim Mahmud and Additional Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) Abu Taher Md. Masud Rana addressed as special guests.

A documentary film on Safe Food for protecting life and public health was screened in the workshop.

The speakers said enforcement of the Safe Food Act, 2013, Consumers’ Right Protection Act 2009 and Fish Feed and Animal Feed Act 2010 has become imperative to ensure supply of pure and safe foods to common consumers.

Acting Chairman of BFSA Md. Mahbub Kabir said the present government is committed to the implementation of the Safe Food Act, 2013 and other related laws to prevent food adulteration for ensuring supply of safe foods.

“To attain the goal, the BFSA, BSTI and other authorities are implementing comprehensive programmes like awareness raising campaigns and conducting mobile courts for cleanliness at hotels, restaurants, hats and bazaars,” he said.

The chief guest called upon consumers, food traders and all concerned to come forward with a cooperative attitude for ensuring strict enforcement of the Safe Food Act, 2013 and other related laws.