Bangladesh food

DNCC files legal action against food tampering during Ramadan

Dhaka North City Mayor Md Atiqul Islam speaks during a Ramadan food security workshop at Nagar Bhaban, Gulshan-2 in the capital on Thursday. — New Age Photo

The Dhaka North City Corporation will organize a mobile court in its ten areas with the aim of taking legal action against those involved in food adulteration during the holy month of Ramadan.

“The DNCC will strictly monitor to ensure food safety in the upcoming Holy Ramadan. Ten areas of the DNCC will conduct a mobile court to take legal action against those responsible for food adulteration,” said Mayor of North Dhaka City, Atiqul Islam.

Hotel and restaurant owners will need to ensure not only quality food but also cleanliness inside and outside the restaurant premises, he said.

Atiqul made the remark on Thursday while speaking as a keynote speaker at a workshop titled “raising food safety awareness among business people involved in the preparation and marketing of iftar items,” according to a press release.

The workshop was jointly organized by the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the DNCC at the main office of the DNCC in the Gulshan region of the capital.

He also expressed caution and said no one would be spared if found responsible for tampering with food during Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims which begins the first week of April this year.

The mayor of the northern city of Dhaka said ensuring food safety does not only apply to hotels and restaurants, but also to restaurants selling food on the streets.

“The DNCC will also work to ensure the quality of street food. We plan to issue licenses for 100 cars to sell street food. Transgender people and people with special needs will be prioritized in licensing,” Atiqul said.

He also said that safe and nutritious food plays an important role in creating a healthy nation and ensuring public health.