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‘Mass awareness vital to ensure safe food’

Published : 02 Feb 2022 09:49 PM | Updated : 02 Feb 2022 09:49 PM

Everyone from producers to consumers should be aware of safe and nutritious food. Food can be unsafe at any stage whether it can be bought fresh from the field or fresh fish from the pond. Therefore, awareness and goodwill of all are needed to ensure safe food.

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said this while addressing a function organised on the occasion of National Safe Food Day 2022 at BIAM Foundation Auditorium in the capital on Wednesday.

Sadhan Chandra Majumdar said, “Since the formation of the Safe Food Authority through the dedicated efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, it has been working tirelessly to deliver safe food to the consumers. Consumers are being sensitized by conducting mobile courts, organizing meetings and seminars. Besides, food producers and traders are also being sensitized.”

He said, “There is no food crisis for 180 million people. Efforts are now being made to provide nutritious food to the people.” 

He hoped that the united efforts of all would play a role in ensuring safe food as well as building a healthy and strong nation.

The minister said, “There was no shortage of food in the country even during the pandemic, not a single person died without eating. Mentioning that there is a maximum stock of food in the country at present. Rice sales activities are going on through OMS at districts, Upazila and municipality level so that low-income people do not starve.”

Food Secretary Moshammat Nazmanara Khanum presided over the function while Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim addressed the function as a special guest. Welcoming remarks were made by the Chairman of Safe Food Authority Md. Abdul Qayyum Sarkar.

National Safe Food Day is being celebrated for the fifth time in the country under the theme ‘Principles of Health, Safe Food and Hygiene’.