New study finds less formalin in fruits

25 September 2014

UNB, Dhaka :
A new survey has found that the use of formalin in some varieties of the country's summer fruits has been
less than it has been thought.
The survey of the Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) found that 25 percent of Guavaa, 25 percent of Amras (golden apple) and 20 percent of Jamburas (Batabi Lebu) selling in city markets are contaminated by formalin, a toxic chemical harmful to human health.
However, the survey found higher proportion of formalin in other local fruits like mangoes (67 percent), Bananas (55 percent) and Pineapples (80 percent).
Poba collected 108 samples of local and foreign fruits and 29 samples of food items from city markets for about three weeks this month for tests in its laboratory.
Formalin was found in Apples by 40 percent, while Grapes by 57 percent, Maltas by 71 percent and oranges by 75 percent.
Poba, a platform of green activists, unveiled the findings of its survey at a press conference at its office in the capital on Wednesday.
Poba chairman Abu Naser Khan, its executive general secretary Engr Abdus Sobhan, coordinator Atique Morshed and Modern Club president     Abul Hasnat were present at the press conference.
The green activists placed some recommendations to check food adulteration and chemical use in fruits to protect the public health.
The recommendations include proper enforcement of the Safe Food Act 2013, passing the proposed Formalin Control Bill 2014, and strengthening anti-adulteration drives and market monitoring.

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