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Bangladesh: New Law Offing to Ensure Food Safety in Country - Minister
Source: unbconnect.com
Source Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Bangladesh
Created: Jan 29, 2013

Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNB) – Food Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque on Wednesday said, the government will promulgate a law, titled `safe food law`, to ensure food safety in the country, preventing food adulteration. He said the law will be made amending the existing ones, increasing the extent of maximum punishment for food-related offences, including food adulteration. Besides, he said, a food safety authority will be formed to ensure that the new laws, once made into laws, are in places when need be and applied properly in cases filed over food-related offences, including adulteration of food and mixing chemical with it. He made the disclosure while talking to the journalists after attending an inter-ministerial meeting, held today at Cabinet Secretariat in the capital.

He said, the meeting decided to make a time befitting law compiling all existing ones on food safety, including the five decades old `Pure Food Ordinance- 1959`, after amending and modernising the rules and clauses of the old ones, he said. The minister said, the meeting also decided to prepare a draft on forming a separate body, titled `food safety authority`, to implement the law and ensure security for safe food. The draft will be made taking opinions of concerned officials and employees of all departments and ministries dealing with food related matters, including food security and safety. Replying to a question, Dr Razzaque said, if needed the officials and employees of the ministries dealing with food related jobs will be placed under the authority and a draft proposal on this will be prepared and placed be an inter-ministerial meeting.
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