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Social movement against food waste underscored

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  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Social movement against food waste underscored

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RAJSHAHI: Concerted efforts of all the government and non-government organisations concerned have become indispensable for protecting agriculture from all sorts of pollution and contamination to ensure food safety.

Besides, utmost emphasis should be given on freeing the markets from all sorts of unhygienic and unsafe foods because those are injurious to public health.

The observations came at a discussion held at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner on Saturday in observance of the World Food Day-2021.

"Significance And How to Reduce Food Waste" was the main theme of the day. The District administration, Department of Agriculture Extension and Department of Food jointly organised the discussion.

Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil, Additional District Magistrate Sabiha Sultana, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension Abdul Awal and its Additional Deputy Director Umme Shalma and Upazila Food Controller Omor Faruque addressed the meeting.

Abdul Jalil said the fight against food adulteration has intensified after the government established Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) in 2015.

He stressed the need for creating mass awareness among all levels of people to check food waste and adulteration.

Highlighting the success of the present government towards attaining food surplus he stressed the need for creating mass awareness to fight against the food waste and adulteration malpractices.

He mentioned that adulterated and contaminated foods always pose a serious threat to the public health and called for taking punitive measures against the food adulteration and contamination so that no more dare to commit such types of crimes.

The existing acts and the law enforcers alone would never be able to salvage the situation unless people from all walks of life became adequately aware about the harms of taking adulterated foods and took firm stand against such immoral mindset.

'We need the people to come forward to stop these harmful practices,' he added.