Monday, October 21, 2019 | ePaper
Ensure safe food for the nation
Apart from it, the use of local tannery waste in poultry and fish feed also poses serious health risk for consumers as the hazardous waste has the possibility of directly entering the food chain. The consumption of tannery waste through fish and poultry might cause liver and kidney diseases, even cancer. The practice of using tannery waste for fish and poultry feed started around 10 years ago. A group of small traders in the country use raw tannery waste as ingredients and reportedly supply those to some feed factories across the country. However, when the authorities took hard stance against the tannery waste, the dishonest businessmen again started imported toxic feed from abroad. Here, some Customs officials are helping them.
Meanwhile, food adulteration has also increased alarmingly over the last few years. Especially meat, fish, fruits, oil, vegetables, spices, bakery items and sweetmeats are being adulterated unscrupulously with hazardous chemicals by the dishonest businessmen. These are also damaging vital human organs like liver, kidney and heart along with affecting children's mental and physical wellbeing. We must say government should take tough stance against the import of poisonous poultry feed and production of adulterated food in the country.