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Bangladesh Public Health Threatened by Toxic Poultry Feed

03 June 2014

BANGLADESH - Poultry feed produced from industry scraps may be putting the health of millions throughout the country at risk, recent studies show.

Levels of chromium are particularly alarming as well as industrial estates seeping other toxic materials such as sulphur and ammonium.

This is according to Abul Hossain, University of Dhaka chemistry professor who was reported in IRIN news as saying chromium levels ranged from 350 to 4,520 micrograms. 

“The whole nation is under threat as chicken is the most consumed meat, and also the cheapest source of animal protein,” said Prof Hossain. “This is extremely alarming.”

According to the Bangladesh government’s Department of Environment (DoE), tanneries in Hazaribagh, an industrial neighbourhood in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, emit around 21,600 cubic metres of toxic waste each day.

IRIN news said that cheap poultry meat, accounting for 75 per cent of national meat demand.Cheap poultry feed is attractive to farmers and industrial wastes are rich in protein. 

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