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Campus Desk :
Speakers on Saturday said that skilled and well mechanised national food inspection with sufficient laboratories and trained inspectors are needed for the country's food safety. They came up with the observation at a seminar titled 'Strategy to Improve Food Safety in Bangladesh' at Dhaka University (DU). Sweden Alumni Network in Bangladesh with the support of Swedish Institute (SI) arranged the programme at Mukarram Hussain Khundakar Biggan Bhaban on the campus, reports BSS.
The speakers called for international standard food regulation, good inspection, raising awareness and adroit food market management for overall food safety of Bangladesh.
"Food security should be one of the highest priorities of the country for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Law and regulations related to food safety need to be updated. National food inspection needs sufficient rich laboratories and well trained inspectors and the whole chain has to be well mechanised," said AKM Nurul Afsar of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
DU Vice-Chancellor Dr Md. Akhtaruzzaman thanked the Department of Chemistry of DU and Sweden Alumni Network for arranging the time befitting event. "The food safety issue needs a multi-sectoral intervention. Our faculties are conducting research to achieve the SDGs through food safety," he said. Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Schlyter said that Sweden has been working with Bangladesh on various issues including gender, environment, water, and development.
She assured that her country will be always support Bangladeshi academics, researchers and scientists. Chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) Mohammad Mahfuzul Haque said that it is needed to set up more laboratories for testing food and upgrading the existing labs.
Dean of the faculty of sciences Prof Dr Abdul Aziz and dean of the faculty of biological sciences Dr Md Imdadul Hoque addressed the programme.
Former Chairperson of Department of Chemistry Dr Nilufar Nahar presided over the function, while Professor Dr Mohammad Shoeb conducted the seminar.
A good number of faculties and students of various educational institutions and researchers and scientists of various organisations were present at the event.

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