Dhaka, May 11: A mobile court on Wednesday fined Tk eight lakh against three supper shops—Agora, Meena Bazar and fast food shop Coopers for selling rotten and expired dated food items, and Agora manager sentenced for two years simple imprisonment.
The Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), under the food ministry, started its function on Wednesday by conducting mobile courts in the city’s Shantinagar area for the first time.
Food minister Qamrul Islam, chairman of BFSA Mustak Hassan Md. Iftekhar, director Khaled Hossain and other high officials of the ministry were present during the drive of mobile court.
Dhaka Metropolitan executive magistrate Moshiur Rahman conducted the mobile court in Shantinagar areas at around 10:30am.
The magistrate of the mobile court jailed manager of Agora for two years simple imprisonment and fined Tk two lakh for selling and keeping rotten fish, meat and expired food items under BFSA Act 2013 of section 32(ka). The manager of Agora will remain in jail three months more in default of payment of Tk two lakh.
It also fined Tk three lakh against fast-food shop Coopers for selling expired dated bread and other food items or face three month jail in default of payment, while Tk three lakh fined against Mina Bazar for selling rotten fish, meat and other expired dated food items or face three month jail in default of payment.
“There were no any visible activities of the BFSA since its inception. Now we are visible and the function of the BFSA started from today (Wednesday),” Qamrul Islam told reporters.
The authority will conduct mobile court in every week, he said in reply to a query.
“We have conducted mobile court by an executive magistrate against some city’s famous super shops. It is very sad that they are selling rotten fish, meat and expired dated food items. The shop authorities have failed to show any proper documents in this regard too,” the food minister said.
Warning to all, the BFSA will continue the drive against adulteration of food and keep vigilance on shops selling food items, the minister said.
“We will conduct the drive across the country in phases through BFSA,” he added.