Chemicals in consumer products are used to preserve goods, as antimicrobial agent, for early ripening, as color stabilizer, and for beautifying purposes as make up. The products are rice, fish, fruits, vegetables, processed food, cosmetics, jewelry, enamel paints, dentistry, electronic gadgets and toys.
Chemicals cause harm to human health and hazards environment. The manufacturers have been using chemicals in consumer products in Bangladesh for decades. Lack of laws, regulations, government enforcement and public awareness are mainly responsible for the uninterrupted continuation of this act. However, Environment and Social Development Organization– ESDO aims at toxic free Bangladesh and pioneers in raising public awareness through research publication, media campaign and policy advocacy since 1990 throughout Bangladesh.
Food colors, hydrochloride, palm oil, trans fats, white grain and formalin are some of the common chemicals added to pizza, sauce, cheese sauce, soft drinks, instant rice, hot dog, and in milk.
FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND GROCERIES
Ethylene, carbide, formalin, DDT, alfa chloride, textile color, pesticides, arsenic, heavy metals (Pd, Ch, Mn) are used in rice, apple, mango, pineapple, litchi, berry, carrot, tomato, and fish.
COSMETICS AND JEWELRY
Mercury, lead, steroid, hydro quinone, caloric acid are widely used in, dental amalgam, whitening cream, and in metallic jewelries.
Currently there are 15 laws to regulate safe food delivery to the consumers in Bangladesh.
Environment And Social Development Organization– ESDO’s Intervention
Functioning since 1990 towards a toxic free Bangladesh and the followings are specific initiatives;