• Wednesday, Dec 07, 2022
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Substandard and rotten

  • Published at 04:57 pm May 17th, 2019
Safe for consumption?
Safe for consumption? / SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

The responsibility of ensuring food safety cannot be taken lightly

What can be more depressing and worrying than the fact that a total of 52 products manufactured by the renowned food and water producers are of substandard quality? It is more worrying when these products are so popular and widely publicized among consumers. 

God knows about the quality of the products that are not so publicized and promoted among us, the hapless consumers. 

A citizen had to go to the highest court of law to intervene in the public health matter and announce the ban on those 52 items. Our standard and testing institution should have been enough in order to keep these products out of the market. 

We wonder what our BSTI officials do when their responsibility is to ensure safe food for the people across the country. It’s evident that they haven’t been doing anything for shouldering their responsibility.

The essential commodities such as water, spices, salt, edible oil, etc are of low quality. It’s shocking to imagine that that producing companies of these products speak so highly about them in their promotional content. 

I felt extremely betrayed when I heard that those products were not fit for human consumption. The companies have been cheating us, saying that their products are of the best quality.

I cannot avoid thinking about the reason behind this practice of supplying low quality products to the consumers. One reason could be greed. They want to profit at the lowest possible cost. 

For example, no one would understand if you mix wood dust in cinnamon powder and sell them in the market. The people would consume that dust no matter what their standards are.

It’s very interesting to see that the BSTI tests always take place before and during the month of Ramadan. What do they do during the rest of the year? Does that mean the officials of BSTI sit idle throughout the year and they only work during Ramadan? 

And when Ramadan is over, will they again go back to their cocoons and forget about the low quality products? Has this been the practice over the years? Why do they receive remuneration from their office, in that case? 

Why has the government entrusted them with the responsibility of ensuring the standard of commodities? They must do their jobs, failing which they should all resign from their responsibilities. 

The job they are trusted with is a very important one for the nation. It’s something that one cannot neglect.

Now that the BSTI knows that those products are of inferior quality, and the court of law has banned them, the government agency should run a campaign among the consumers so that they don’t consume them.

Now, let’s turn to iftar items which are special to Ramadan. The media is brimming with the news that every nook and corner of the country is bubbling with substandard iftar items. The people are being cheated by a sea of rotten supplies in the market. 

Who’s monitoring that? A great many buyers are discovering that their purchases are not what they thought when they return home after buying the food products. They are of substandard quality and, on many occasions, they are rotten.

Apart from the food items and bottled water, we have also worries regarding the prime supplier of water -- Wasa. The water of Wasa is also contaminated with insects and germs. 

Now we find that any bottled water company could just pour the water from Wasa taps and sell them in the market in the name of mineral water.

All this indicates that we have been giving more importance to making money over people’s wellbeing. From the government officials to private business owners, nobody seems sincere about maintaining the quality of food items. 

Sometimes, we make some noise about correcting our practices, but after a while, we also go silent about it. It’s time that we treat consumers like consumers; they spend their hard-earned money in order buy these products. The matter must not be taken that lightly. 

Ekram Kabir is a story-teller. His other works can be found on ekramkabir.com.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail