“Formalin Control Act, 2015” passed in Jatiya Sangsad
17 February 2015, Nirapad News: ‘Formalin Control Act, 2015’ has been passed in Jatiya Sangsad on Monday with a provision of life-term imprisonment as the maximum punishment and in addition Taka 20 lakh as fine but not less than Taka five lakh for importing, production or hoarding of formalin without license.
Earlier Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed this afternoon proposed in the Jatiya Sangsad for passage of the bill which was later passed through voice votes in the House with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Piloting the bill, the minister said it has become the demand of time to enact an act for containing misuse of formalin by dishonest businessmen and bring the usage of formalin and its trade activities under a legal framework.
According to the act, for violation of the terms and conditions of the license, a trader will get maximum seven years imprisonment but not less than three years or pay fine of Taka five lakh but not less than Taka two lakh or both.
Besides if an individual sells or uses formalin without license, he or she will be awarded maximum two years imprisonment but not less than six months and a fine of Taka four lakh, but not less than Taka one lakh or both, it added.
On January 21, 2015, the bill was placed in the JS and subsequently sent to the parliamentary standing committee. Referring to root cause of the enactment of the Formalin Control Act, 2015, Tofail Ahmed mentioned as a chemical, formalin is being used for research work and in hospital, leather industry, textile, hatchery and board industry for prevention of rotting etc. “But a vested group of dishonest traders are using formalin in food items, like fruits, vegetables, fishes and meat, which is very a hazardous chemical for health,” he added.
“It was the demand of time as the representatives of different quarters including the former President HM Ershad and Opposition Leader Begum Rawshan Ershad and many treasury bench members earlier raised their demands to enact a time-befitting law to contain the misuse of formalin considering the public health,” the minister added.
The new act would ensure accuracy and transparency for import, production, transportation, hoarding, sale and use of formalin, he hoped.