Heavy metal contamination – a threat to food safety

Policy Brief
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The presence of heavy metals in constituents of the daily diet such as cereals, fish, meat, fruits and vegetables and spices expose households in Bangladesh to serious health hazards. Contamination rates of arsenic, lead and mercury are alarming, while levels of cadmium and aluminum are of concern. Dietary risks could be reduced through regular assessments as well as improved monitoring and inspection mechanisms. The setting of risk-based food safety standards should therefore be a priority for Bangladesh. This should be taken into consideration within the rules and regulations of the Bangladesh Food Safety Act, 2013 for its effective implementation.

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Sep 2014
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