Everyone, including producers and consumers, will need to be more aware of safe and nutritious food because food can be adulterated at any time, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said on Wednesday.
“Greater awareness is key to ensuring food security,” he said during a program held at the capital’s BIAM Foundation auditorium, marking National Food Security Day 2022.
The minister said the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority is working tirelessly to ensure safe food for consumers. “In addition to conducting traveling court campaigns, he has raised consumer awareness by organizing meetings and seminars as well as educating producers and business people on the issue,” he said.
“There is no food crisis for 180 million people. Efforts are currently being made to provide nutritious food to people,” Majumder said.
He hoped that the united efforts of all parties concerned would help the government ensure food security and thus build a healthy nation.
Majumder said there was no shortage of food in the country even during the Corona pandemic and no one died due to food shortage.
Mentioning that there is currently the maximum stock of food in the country, he said rice is sold through open market sale (WHO) at upazila, municipality and district levels in all the countries.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim said Bangladesh now has a surplus in fish, meat and milk production. Initiatives have already been taken to diversify these products. Laboratories have been set up to ensure the quality of fish, meat and milk for consumers, he said.
The Minister also called on the media and businessmen to ensure food security.
Food Secretary, Dr. Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum chaired the program, while Bangladesh Food Safety Authority Chairman, Md. Abdul Kayowm Sarker delivered the welcome address.
Under the theme “The principle of good health is food safety and hygiene”, the National Food Safety Day was observed in the country on Wednesday.
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