A Clear Regulation From the Government Is Necessary for Disposing of Used Cooking Oils to Ensure Health Safety

The Government of Bangladesh is working to promulgate policy on trans-fat and use of edible oil in restaurants as well as raise stakeholder awareness on the issue, said Abdul Kayowm Sarker, Chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA). The policy will address the issues of proper use of edible oil and trans-fat content in food.
According to Food Safety Hygiene Regulation 2018, in section 7(a), nobody can use any by-products of food preparation. Used cooking oil is a kind of waste product in restaurants and food industries; hence it must not be applied for further use as it violates the Food Safety (Hygiene) Regulation, 2018. In particular, we are interested in implementing the testing methods into our regular checks at restaurants and other food business operators to monitor the exact amount of used cooking oil and other criteria, said he.

Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and Muenzer Bangla Private Limited- a subsidiary of Muenzer Bioindustrie of Europe, organised the virtual dialogue on the Policy of Developing Collection System for Used Cooking Oil in Bangladesh on 11 January 2021. Abdul Kayowm Sarker, Chairman, BFSA, joined the meeting as chief guest.

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