Food Safety

Food Safety

Food contamination and food adulteration situation of Bangladesh is a serious public health concern. Unsafe/contaminated food causes many acute and life-long diseases, ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to various forms of cancer. An estimate shows that globally food-borne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases taken together kill about 2.2 million people annually, of them 1.9 million are children. However, in Bangladesh dependable assessment of the public health impact due to food contamination is not available due to absence of a regular monitoring system. The data from ICDDR,B indicate that 501 hospital visits per day for treatment of diarrhoea that were attributable to food and water borne causes. General scenario on food contamination demonstrates a widespread non compliance with hygienic practice in food handling both among food producers and food traders such as street food traders.

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Food adulteration with harmful chemicals is also common in Bangladesh. The chronic effect of such events such as cancer, kidney disorders and birth defects is unlikely to be observed in short term, because the manifestation of the disease only occurs after long-term, low-level exposure. Food contamination and consumers exposure to food hazards have major implication on the food security and consumers heath in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Food Safety Network (BFSN)

Tackling the above situation and fostering the safe food movement in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Food Safety Network (BFSN) was formed in Bangladesh following a two-day long Workshop titled `Building a Food Safety Network in Bangladesh’ held on 09-10 November 2010 in Dhaka organized by CAB with the initiative of FAO Food Safety Project. Cab Dhaka

Through a guided exercise, the participants felt the need to harmonize and unite the like-minded initiatives, interventions and experiences on food safety for maximum utilization of existing resources and expertise to strengthen the movement of food safety. The participants of the Workshop formed a Steering Committee (SC) with three leading umbrella organization/network in this field (CAB, UBINIG and b_SAFE Foundation) to lead the activities of the newly formed BFSN. CAB has been supporting Secretarial function to BFSN. At present BFSN consists of 5 Member Organizations viz. CAB, UBINIG, BSAFE Foundation, Hunger Free World and SHISUK.

BFSN was formally launched on 15 October 2011 at LGED Auditorium where Mr. Dilip Barua, former Minister, Ministry of Industries, was present as Chief Guest. Mr. Dominique Burgeon, the then FAO Representative in Bangladesh was present as the Special Guest. Dr. Akbar Ali Khan, former Adviser to the Caretaker Government chaired the inaugural session. The day-long events were attended by 357 delegates representing Government Officers, representatives from socio-cultural and other organizations drawn from 55 districts. International Advisers and the National Advisers of FAO Food Safety Project, CAB President Late Mr. Quazi Faruque, Executive Director of UBINIG Ms. Farida Akhter, Chairman of BSAFE Foundation Mr. Joynal Abedin were also present among others.


Advocacy and awareness seminar in Netrokona

CaB dhaka

Advocacy seminar on Food Safety Issues was held at Netrokona on 24 April 2012. In the meeting the Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad Mr. Aftab Ali was present as Chief Guest. Executive Magistrate Mr. Shamsul Haq Rashid, Deputy Director of Department of Agricultural Extension, District Livestock Officer, District Fisheries Officer, Youth Development Officer and Panel Mayor were present as Special Guests. President of CAB Netrokona District Committee Ms. Jahana Begum presided over the meeting while the Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad  Mr. Aftab Ali was present as Chief Guest. 

The CEO of Zilla Parishad said that at present, safe food is difficult to find out in the market place. All fruits vended in the market are full of adulteration. By uniting all together, we can overcome this situation; otherwise healthy lives are not possible.

Participants shared their opinions saying that adulteration in foods means homicide of people. All food items like fish, meet, fruits, vegetables, chicken, spices are full of adulteration. If the situation would rise its apex point then the real changes are not in a far away.

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