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Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Ashar 10, 1422 BS, Ramadan 6, 1436 Hijr

Parjatan initiates food awareness drive in Ramadan
Staff Correspondent
Published : Wednesday, 24 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 9
When unabated adulteration and unhealthy foods rule the country's cuisine industry, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has launched an awareness programme focused on training food vendors to make healthy Ifter items in the Holy Ramadan.
The awareness program 'Healthy Food- We are Healthy' aims at making food vendors aware of basic health needs and thus removing the fear of case, fine, anti-adulteration drives etc.
A total of 200 food vendors took part in a day-long workshop on Monday on how to make healthy Ifter items maintaining hygiene.
BPC with the support of Brac Chiken organized the program and the trainers of National Hotel and Tourism Training Institute trained them.
A demonstration program was held on Tuesday at New Market after a rally from TSC of Dhaka University to New Market.
"The training based 'Healthy Food- We are Healthy' program will definitely create awareness among the food makers that will also remove the fears of case, fine etc," BPC Chairman Arup Chowdhury told the Daily Observer.
Fasting people in our country collect popular Ifter dishes from restaurants, makeshift food shops during the Ramadan, so the food vendors need to know how to make healthy and hygienic food, the Chairman said.
Another demonstration will be held on Wednesday at Aziz Super market in Shahbag and Civil aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon will attend the rally.
Ifter, like other day-to-day foods are often extremely hazardous in Bangladesh, where the media and market monitors say many crunchy and crispy items are prepared in highly unhygienic ways, like cooking with burnt mobil instead of oil, using lethal mixture to make food tasty and offering items made of dead chicken etc.
Such abuse also galore in famous junk food outlets in  the capital's posh areas, where mobile food courts often raid and retrieve all bad things that no human should intake, said one food inspector requesting anonymity.
Dhaka's food cartels must be held responsible for many diseases the people contract through eating out of homes. But food at home is also not always safe as they are prepared with market-supplied stuffs contaminated with harmful chemicals and toxins.
The BPC Chairman says their awareness campaign will give a rebuttal to uncontrolled and widespread abuse in food preparation, marketing and consumption.

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