PIROJPUR, Jan 14: District administration associated with members of local chamber of commerce and industries and combined business associations undertook integrated decision to build formalin-free fruit markets in the district town with immediate effect.
Speakers expressed grave concern about large-scale use of formalin at a joint meeting held recently at town club conference room participated by all stakeholders.
The meeting seriously dealt with the issue of ongoing adulteration of food and decided not to allow sale of chemically-treated food in local markets. It strictly prohibited any sale of carbide mixed poisonous food, fish and other eatable items in the market.
Traders from all sectors including fruit and fish markets, restaurant owners, meat and vegetable markets, and grocery shoppers were present in the meeting and agreed with the integrated decision in the best interest of public health.
The traders and business community broadly committed to abide by the decisions to this effect for avoiding dishonesty and unfair means that may lead to cause harmful effect in human body.
Earlier, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) authority of Barisal, leaders of business communities and district administration conducted test in local fruit markets and found commodities mixed with high formalin being sold.
The joint body requested all general consumers not to buy green grapes and other fruits from the markets which were found mixed with high amount of formalin.
Mia Md Ashraful Alam of BSTI, Field Officer Nikhil Roy, President of business community Sheikh Ataur Rahman Alam, and Assistant Commissioner Md Kamruzzman attended the meeting which gave assurance of continuing drive against the defaulters.