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Bangladesh: Imported fish to be tested for heavy metals by Sohel Parvez January 12,2018   |  Source: The Daily Star

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority has instructed testing of all imported fish for heavy metal from now after finding hazardous levels of lead, chromium and mercury in almost all the fishes brought in from abroad. “This is a serious threat to public health,” said the BFSA in a letter last week to the commerce ministry, the National Board of Revenue and the Department of Fisheries (DoF). The food safety watchdog, which began its journey in February 2015, said it is urgent to take quick measures to ensure safe food to attain the United Nations-set Sustainable Development Goals. It asked the related authorities to ensure testing of all imported fish at Atomic Energy Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Dhaka or Fish Quality Lab at Savar to know the levels of lead, chromium, cadmium and mercury. DoF's quality control lab in Chittagong was added to the list yesterday so that fish imported through Chittagong and Teknaf ports could be tested. The letter, signed by BFSA Member Mahbub Kabir, said consignments would be cleared if the test results confirm that the fishes contain heavy metals within the permissible limits set by the DoF.

Following the instruction, the DoF asked its field offices, especially fisheries quarantine officers at ports, to

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