Research Paper

Ensuring Food Safety: Challenges for good governance and the way out

Chapter: Bangladesh | Year: 2014

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Theory of Change


  1. Safe food monitoring and regulatory agencies activities do not reflect the entire food chain (from farm to plate) and most of the responsible agencies at the field level are responsible for remedial activities mainly. As a result, their activities are often limited to collecting processed food and food samples only.
  2. Lack of human resources in the departments responsible for ensuring safe food, absence of exemplary punishment for adulterators and coordination gap among authorities.
  3. Lack of monitoring and accountability of concerned personnel.
  4. The government has taken many positive steps to fight food adulteration but absence of an integrated food safety system is limiting the expected goal.


  1. Immediate gazette notification of Safe Food Act 2013 and its rules have to be formulated and its quick implementation should be ensured.
  2. To prevent food abuse and monitoring of formalin use, the formalin control act should be formulated and implemented with clear provisions regarding the import of formalin against the demand.
  3. To integrate the activities to ensure safe food administration, a single umbrella body has to be constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Safe Food Act, 2013.
  4. To create awareness among all stakeholders and beneficiaries regarding the rules and regulations of safe food law, proper advocacy should be made.

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