Health Desk- 14 Dec, 2019: The government will check on pesticides and fertilizers entering the country without test at the ports in the wake of harmful metals found in those imported items recently.
Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), regulatory agency to take care of food safety, recently found heavy metal in pesticides and fertilizers harmful to human body.
In a bid to prevent these harmful products from entering the country, the regulatory body wrote a letter to National Board of Revenue (NBR) seeking immediate steps.
It recommended testing the products by Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) before letting them in.
“As heavy metals were found in the imported 47 types of pesticides, it is mandatory to run tests on these items at sea and land ports from February 1, 2020,” according to the BFSA letter.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), it is mandatory to import heavy metal-free pesticides.
BFSA member Md Mahbub Kabir said the food safety authority tested the pesticides and some fertilizer items to find out the reason of soil pollution.