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Poultry, fish feeds using toxic tannery wastes, 2 jailed in city
Observer Online Report
Published : Friday, 12 December, 2014,  Time : 8:19 PM,  View Count : 12
A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Friday sealed off a factory at Hazaribagh in the capital for using toxic tannery waste in making poultry and fish feed that contains hazardous chemical chromium. The mobile court also fined two people including the owner of the factory Tk 4 lakh. At the same time, the court fined the owner two years of jail. The mobile court led by RAB's executive magistrate AHM Anwar Pasha conducted a drive at Hypo Feed factory at 42/8/Ka Sonatongarh at Hazaribagh Beribandh area on early Friday afternoon. He was assisted by a team of RAB-2. Those who received jail sentence were the factory's director Md Saiful Islam, 24, and his associate Md Jamal Mia, 32. Each of them was fined Tk 2 lakh. Besides, Saiful was given two years' jail sentence. Executive magistrate AHM Anwar Pasha said the factory owner Khalil has been suffering from cancer. In absence of him, Saiful and Jamal had been making poultry and fish feed using the toxic waste of tannery. "They collect the wastes from tanneries first and then boil it. These wastes are usually generated from nearly 200 tanneries at Hazaribagh. After boiling they dry the wastes up in sunshine. Later, feeds are produced grinding the wastes into powder," he said. Pasha said a sack of poultry feed and a sack of fish feed were examined at the Nutrition Unit of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) after purchasing them from the factory secretly. In the examination, it was found that the poultry feed contained 4205.70ppm chromium while the fish feed contained 4971 ppm chromium which poses serious risks to human health. The permissible limit of chromium in human body is 10-60mg, according to researchers. The factory was selling its feeds to various poultry, fish and duck farms. After consuming the chickens and fishes, people become the victims of deadly diseases like cancer, kidney ailments and liver cirrhosis, experts said.   ZA





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