Adulteration of food

High time to stop

Food adulteration has been a problem in Bangladesh during the time of Ramadan for many years. Each year Ramadan comes and each year it is the same scenario of people being sold adulterated food. Not only that, other essential commodities also go through degradation and adulteration during the holy month as well. Reports of substandard commodities like cooking oil, other ingredients are already abundant everywhere. 

According to reports there have already been crackdowns of mobile courts in the capital as a result of which huge amounts of contaminated food has been destroyed just in the past three or four days. This indicates that there is a tendency of producing low quality food whenever the month of Ramadan approaches. 

Reports provided by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), the number of licensed food producing companies is much lower than the number of unlicensed adulterated food factories. And from these factories puffed rice, sweets, fermented milk, bread, biscuits, and even juice are being made without the authorization of BSTI which is extremely harmful for the public health. 

Has the BSTI drive along with the 

support of government agencies 

brought any concrete result for the

 people who knowingly or unknowingly 

consume these food products?

Moreover, the recent drive by BSTI against 47 food processing firms for producing substandard food items is no shocker. The prominent questions which thus arise are --- Has the BSTI drive along with the support of government agencies brought any concrete result for the people who knowingly or unknowingly consume these food products?

Like many other occasional drives against wrong doings this too is a timely endeavour that has been  taken in the past future against various wrongdoings. The half-hearted and erratic drives against food adulteration fail to bring any concrete change in the measures. Moreover, there hasn’t been any exemplary punitive action taken against the masterminds who are working behind these syndicates. 

Such reports of adulteration should be met with steadfast and exemplary action so that no one may ever attempt to take such a path. Contamination of food items due to negligence, deliberately adulterating food through toxic chemicals is a crime to say the least. These give rise to food-borne illness at least once a year. 

The authorities concerned should take care of the situation which requires multiple initiatives. The companies in question can be given mandates on observing advanced countries, which have already perfected a way of packaging, preserving and storing. But, more importantly, there should be deterrents in place so that crime in the business can be marginalized. Finally, there should be well coordinated efforts among various government agencies to constantly monitor and prevent any food related misconduct.