Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh ranks lowest in SA

Food security

Bangladesh ranks lowest in SA

News Report Bangladesh stands on the 89th position in the recently published Global Food Security Index-2017, which is the lowest among the South-Asian countries. Bangladesh Food Security Network (BFSN) disclosed this at a press briefing in the city's Dhaka Reporters' Unity on Saturday morning. The general secretary of BFSN said though Bangladesh has gained recognition as lower-middle income country in 2015, in case of food security it secured the 89th position, which is the lowest among the South-Asian countries. The organisation also proposed a six-point recommendations including forming a Food Security Act. President of Bangladesh Food Security Network Dr Mohammad Joynul Abedin said most of the countries of the world have right to food law but Bangladesh doesn't have one. Sale of low quality and substandard food is a chronic practice in Bangladesh. The consumers are virtually hostage in the hands of the profit-mongering dishonest traders. It is surprising that a section of unscrupulous traders are gaining financially cashing in on the helplessness of the consumers. This is outright cheating. This is happening under the nose of the members of the law enforcement agencies. Apparently, spurious food items look good; people buy those for daily consumption not knowing what a danger they are inviting for themselves. Is there any food item that can be taken safely? The adulterated food items include milk, sweetmeat, edible oils, spices, butter, ghee, dry fish, confectionary items like biscuits, cakes, pastries, candies, crackers etc. Dishonest traders endanger food items by using calcium carbide, toxic textile dyes, urea, melamine, DDT and burnt engine oil. According to doctors, consumption of adulterated food items may cause diarrhea, kidney failure, stomach cancer, liver cancer, asthma, nervous disorder, sore throat, bronchitis, skin infection, allergic reaction and many other diseases. Drives against sale of sub-standard food items and adulteration of food are conducted once in a blue moon. A few persons responsible for the crime are arrested or fined. After that things revert to the previous condition. The dishonest businessmen, taking advantage of the lax vigilance of the relevant authorities, start their dubious business with renewed zeal again. They do not care a fig for the heinous crime they are committing by selling poisonous food items. In many countries of the world consumers rights are strictly implemented and followed. Hence, there is hardly any chance for the consumers to be cheated. Unfortunately, in our country its presence is not felt. It is high time for the government to intensify monitoring system against food adulteration and punish those responsible for the crime. Creation of mass awareness can also help bring down food adulteration to a tolerable limit.

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