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HC asks to publish gazette to make Safe Food Act effective

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Staff reporter

The High Court on Sunday asked the government to make effective in two months the Safe Food Act-2013 by issuing a gazette notification on its rules after finalization to ensure the safety of public health.

An HC division bench comprising Justice Mirza Hussain Haidar and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Legal Action Bangladesh Foundation (LABF).

Emerging from the court, deputy attorney general Al Amin Sarker told reporters that the government had already informed the court that the rules on the Safe Food Act is at the final stage. Now it is awaiting the Law Ministry’s vetting.

On May 21, LABF filed the writ petition seeking court’s directives on the government to take necessary measures to ensure safe food for all citizens of the country as the enactment of the law has yet to come into effect for not issuing the gazette notification.

The Safe Food Act in 2013 provides for five years' jail and Tk 10 lakh fine as maximum punishment for food adulteration.

Advocate Syed Mohidul Kabir appeared for the writ petitioner.