Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  

Punish those using chemicals in foods
Save Environment Movement demands

Speakers at a rally yesterday called upon the authorities concerned to stop using chemicals and colours in all sorts of foods including fruits, vegetables and fishes.

They also demanded exemplary punishment to those who are involved in such heinous acts.

The speakers said colours which are harmful to health, are being used in seasonal fruits including mango, banana, jackfruit and litchi.

They said poisonous chemicals are also being used in vegetables and fishes.

The rally was organised by Save Environment Movement at the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University.

Addressing the rally Abu Naser, convenor of the movement, said by taking poisonous foods people are attacked by various diseases which ultimately tells upon their health and wealth.

Presiding over the rally Ifma Hossain, general secretary of Peace, expressed concern over the absence of any active institution or law to check the use of chemical and colour in foods.

Ifma also criticised the role of Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution (BSTI) in checking the standard of processed foods.

Moderated by Executive Director of Ushika Ibnul Saeed Rana, the rally was also addressed by Chairman of Gorky Welfare Foundation Dr Jesmin Ara Sathi and Chairman of Sylhet Division Development Council Abed Reza, said a press release.

Earlier, a human chain was formed to press home the demands.

Save Environment Movement forms a human chain in front of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University demanding steps to stop using chemicals and colours in food items. PHOTO: STAR