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Workshop on Strategies for prevention of food adulteration in Bangladesh organized by the IPH


On 3 August 2014, the Institute of Public Health, organized a half day workshop with support from the Food Safety Programme on the pernicious practice of adulteration and the strategies to deal with the menace in Bangladesh. The Director General, Directorate General of Health Services, Prof. Deen Md. Nurul Hoque, was the Chief Guest. Senior officials who attended the workshop included Prof. Mahmudur Rahman, Director, IEDCR and Dr. Md. Shah Nawaz, Director IPHN and Line Director, NNS. Prof, Shah Monir Hossain, Senior National Advisor, started proceedings by describing widespread public concern about adulteration and the necessity of tackling it systematically. Dr. Shah Mahfuzur Rahman, Superintendent, Food Safety Unit, IPH made a detailed presentation on the short-term, medium-term and the long-term strategies to strengthen food safety, combat adulteration and minimize contamination. He also showcased the Food Safety Programme’s activities in this area. John Ryder, Chief Technical Adviser, in his comments reflected upon recent food safety events in Bangladesh and stressed the importance of evidence-based approaches that the Programme was institutionalizing in laboratory analysis, inspection and disease surveillance. Prof Mahmudur Rahman emphasized on the support that laboratories consistently need from the Government and donors to generate reliable scientific data. Prof. Deen Md. Nurul Hoque in his remarks strongly supported the strategic directions presented earlier and asked for it to be submitted quickly to the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare on this matter. He also appreciated the systematic approach being followed by the Programme to bolster key aspects of food safety in the country.>