Audio system name for protected and wholesome meals to be assured for shoppers

| Updated: June 9, 2021 12:16:03 PM

With grave concerns about the overuse of insecticides in agriculture, antibiotics in poultry birds and harmful elements in food, speakers at an event called for safe and healthy food to be ensured for consumers, according to a press release.

Such bad practices continue, leading to food adulteration across the country, they said.

While there is no food shortage, there is a lack of safe and healthy food, they added.

Although food production is satisfactory, farmers have been prevented from getting fair prices for their products. At the moment it is a major challenge to ensure safe food for consumers and fair prices for farmers’ crops, they noted.

They noted when they brought up a discussion in the Shitalakhya Hall Room of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) in the capital on Monday afternoon.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Switzerland-based institution, organized the discussion on World Food Safety Day 2021 with the support of the DSCC.

A rally was held in front of Dhaka College prior to the discussion. Later that morning it ended at the New Market Bonolota Wet Market.

The aim of the discussion was to raise awareness of the importance of safe and healthy food for consumers.

Farid Ahmed, CEO of DSCC, took part in the discussion as the main guest.

Md Babor Ali Mir, zonal Executive Officer (Zone-3) of the DSCC, Dr. Mojur Al Morshed Chowdhury, Deputy Program Manager, Institution of Public Health Nutrition, Prof. Dr. Md Abdul Alim, Member, Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, Md Shakhawath Hossain, Project Director of the EatSafe project and Sheikh Zahidul Islam, President of the Islambagh City Corporation Wet Market, among others.

The speakers emphasized raising awareness of safe and healthy foods so that consumers can get these foods at affordable prices.

They also urged farmers and other concerned individuals not to use excessive harmful elements in poultry birds and crops to ensure people’s food safety.

Funded by USAID, two projects entitled “EatSafe: Evidence and Action Towards Safe, Nutritious Food: Covid-19 Response” are currently being implemented by GAIN to ensure nutritious and safe food and smooth market management in the midst of the corona situation.

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