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National salt consultation body on the cards

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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National salt consultation body on the cards
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun speaks at a workshop at a hotel in the capital on Monday. State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder was also present in the programme.

The government is going to form a national-level consultation committee for Bangladesh’s salt industry.

The committee will work to strengthen monitoring of the salt business in line with the new law on iodized salt.

It will provide advices on salt harvesting, processing and support to the industries ministry in supervision of the sectors, said Industries Minister Nurul Majid Humayun.

He was addressing a national workshop on “Iodized Salt Bill-2021” at Pan Pacific Dhaka to preview the upcoming regulation for the country’s salt industry.

The Ministry of Industries organised the event.

Humayun hinted that the consultation committee is to be formed in accordance with the Iodized Salt Bill 2021 passed by the parliament on June 14. The regulation makes iodization of edible salts mandatory. The new law will help to prevent iodine deficiency disorders and improve the nutrition of millions of people.

“The 14-member committee will work with a specialized cell for iodized salt at the industries ministry. The cell will implement the recommendations for betterment of the salt industry,” Nurul Majid Humayun said.

The minister urged the businesspeople to take initiatives under their corporate social responsibilities and come out of the profit-only mindset for the interest of future generation.

The government introduced the new Iodized Salt Bill in place of the existing law of 1989 to ensure iodine as mandatory element for consumption.

State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder was the special guest while Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana presided over the session.

The Iodized Salt Bill mandates that all edible salts, including salt used for livestock and the production of processed food items for human consumption, will be iodized at 30-50 parts per million (ppm).The new law imposes strict legal and monetary punishments on violators producing, importing or selling non-iodized salt.

Kamal Ahmed Majumder recommended increasing local production of salt instead of import.

Zakia Sultana said the violators may face up to 3 years in jail and Tk 1.5 million as fine for usage of salt without iodine.

Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) chairman Md Mostaque Hassan and UNICEF representative to Bangladesh Sheldon Yett also spoke on the occasion.

Additional industries secretary Sheikh Fayezul Amin made the address of welcome in the session conducted by deputy secretary Amir Hossain.