Syed Shemul Parvez : The cooking environment in the kitchens of the cities' most famous hotels and restaurants is extremely unhealthy. Somewhere the new food is cooked with rotten stale food and meat. It has been recently seen while visiting some restaurants in different areas of the capital including Lalbagh, Kamrangir Char and Signboards. Though there were drives by mobile court, RAB, BSTI and Directorate of National Consumers Rights last year, there has not been significant improvement. When some media activists of a satellite TV channel entered a restaurant in city's Lalbagh area, there was seen various delicious foods arranged in a pleasant environment. Consumers also come to eat seeing it tempting and lucrative. But cooking was going on in a small house like a garbage can. Halim was being made with rotten stale-smelling chicken and mutton. On the other hand, another hotel in the city's signboards area was also seen with unhealthy environments where flies were live and insects crammed. Even inside the hotel the bread yeast was being prepared by mixing the sweat of the artisan. Another experience gathered in city's Kamrangir Char area where same stale rotten meat has been frozen in an elegant restaurant. The condition behind the glare was extremely unhealthy. In this issue, while tried to contact with Dr. Nazrul Anowar, Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), but couldn't be reached. Earlier last year, a RAB mobile court fined six leading famous restaurants in Dhaka's Gulshan, including Nando's and Khazana Tk 2 million for serving stale and unhealthy food and using chemicals. The four other eateries fined in the drive are Khana Khazana, BBQ, Spitfire and Saltz.
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