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Plan to set up eight classy food testing labs

Published : 11 Sep 2022 09:42 PM

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar said on Sunday the government is planning to set up eight food laboratories in eight divisions of the country to ensure nutritious food for all and grab world food market.

Unsafe food can be hazardous for human life. Food can become unsafe at any time. That's why those who are engaged in food processing and exporting should also be aware in this regard.

The Food Minister made this announcement at the opening ceremony of 'Food and Chemical Lab Expo 2022' organized for the first time at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital on Sunday.

Stating that the remedy cannot be found through law enforcement or fines, the minister said, "We are still not well positioned in the global market. If the laboratory is not adequate, people cannot get the food tested. That is why the government is trying to make this facility available and has already decided to set up laboratories in 8 divisions of the country for testing food quality."

"An agreement has been signed with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for setting up international standard testing lab and eight mobile van labs in the country,"

Regarding quality food export, Mr Majumder said, "We could not create our position in the global market. We need adequate laboratories to test our food quality and it will help us to bring authenticity in exporting food abroad," he added.

Calling the food processors and exporters to be conscious on hygienic food, Sadhan said Bangladesh could be a reliable source in food export when safe and nutritious food will be produced in the country.

To ensure safe food for people, Food Secretary M Ismail Hossain said, "We must ensure the testing facilities for all 165 million populations across the country."

Secretary of the Ministry of Food Md Ismail Hossain said that everyone should play a role in ensuring safe food. In a country of 165 million people, benefits should reach everyone. This requires a concerted effort. Besides manpower, training should be provided to make people aware. 

Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology Ziaul Hasan said, this expo will act as a bond between various stakeholders. Bangladesh Trade Facilitation is directly related to the development of our economy. Therefore, there must be coordination among all. Our Prime Minister is also concerned about food and food security, he added.

Chairman of Safe Food Authority Md Abdul Qayyum Sarkar presided the function while US Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh Helen Lafave was present, among others.

Later, the food minister visited some stalls of the Food and Chemical Expo.

Along with 38 public and private laboratories, six equipment suppliers showcased their capabilities in quality testing of agricultural and food products at the exhibition.

A panel of experts highlighted the importance of internationally recognized laboratories and how Bangladesh can use them to boost foreign trade by ensuring food safety standards.