Friday, October 18, 2019 | ePaper

Food adulteration business must stop

  • Print
RESEARCHERS at Dhaka University on Tuesday said all the samples of milk products; edible oils and spices they tested were substandard. According to newspaper reports, they have found traces of detergent in pasteurised milk produced by five companies -- Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong, and Farm Fresh. The DU researchers have disclosed about the findings in a press conference at a time when the drives against adulteration of food items are going on by the government agencies, including Bangladesh Standard Testing Institute.
DU's Biochemical Research Centre and Pharmacy Faculty jointly conducted the study randomly collecting samples of the available brands and unbranded products of ghee, fruit drinks, pepper powder, turmeric powder, palm oil, mustard oil, soybean oil, and pasteurised and unpasteurised milk. Director of DU's Biomedical Research Centre ABM Faruque said, 'We tested pasteurised and non-pasteurised raw milk produced by these companies and found detergent and antibiotics in them. The traces of antibiotics that we found were meant for human use. Antibiotics for humans and animals are totally different. We need to stop the use of antibiotics meant for humans on animals."
We are deeply shocked, saddened and disheartened seeing that most of the local giant companies are intentionally adulterating baby foods, specially the milk. We are also highly surprised how they could do such an inhuman and unethical job -- mixing detergent in the milk! All the companies have got bank loans and other supports from the government to establish their industries. Now they are paying off the debt for it! We're so unfortunate a nation where our children are also not safe from the hands of corrupt people.      
We want to say, country's present food contamination and food adulteration situation is a serious public health concern. Adulterated and contaminated food, particularly milk, causes many acute and life-long diseases, ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to various forms of cancer. Is there any government in the country? If so, how the big industrial houses could be involved in such heinous crime? It's high time to take stringent action against these culprits. In necessity, enact tough laws against the adulterated food business. There is no way but to stop the corrupt practice.


More News For this Category

Vulnerable stock market suffers from confidence crisis

THE recent measures to prop up the stock market by the government appear to have failed as the unusual fall of share prices continues to rattle investors. The DSEX,

Tackle urban poverty with well-designed safety nets

A WORLD Bank report stated that most of the urban poor are deprived of the government's social protection benefits. There is a large gap in allocation under social safety net,

Minister's Criteria

Dr. Forqan Uddin Ahmed :Who belongs to real minister class and who deserves to be a minister? In answer to this question, everybody can say that honest, capable, efficient, hard

US Politicians

Must Keep Their Color-Hued Noses Out Of Hong Kong :The People's Republic of China makes no secret about its sensitivity to foreign intervention in its internal affairs. And like those

Readers’ Forum

Cold Storages Needed For Onion StoringIt was claimed that last dry season 2.3 million tons of onion were grown in Bangladesh. But one million tons got parish owing to untimely

Handle juvenile crime with utmost care

POLICE were recently directed by a Supreme Court judge to set children free or grant bail in consultation with probation officers without sending them to the juvenile courts if they

Stringent measures needed to bring onion prices at tolerable level

THOUGH the prices of onion decreased slightly in the last week following adequate supply in markets, consistent open market sale (OMS) and monitoring by the government, it's again showing upward

Existential Crisis

Arifa Noor :Maulana Fazlur Rehman's Azadi march has ruffled many a feather in recent days. From the accounts of rifts within the PML-N to the PPP's confusion to predictions about

Climatic Calamities

Shishir Reza and Matiur Rahman :[This is the second part of the article]Urban area is a composite of different subsystems of physical structures and human activities all having links with

Bangladesh must raise voice to protect migrants' interests in Abu Dhabi Dialogue

THE 5th Ministerial Consultations and Senior Officials' Meeting of Abu Dhabi Dialogue on migrant workers' starts today.  The aim of the meeting is to broaden the base for common understanding