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22 January, 2019 09:48:51 AM

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A serious health hazards

meat and bone meal use in poultry feed
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
A serious health hazards

As meat and bone meal (MBM), a protein concentrate for poultry, contains toxic chemicals, harmful residues, deadly agents and heavy deposition of chromium, it could expose humans to serious health hazards when they eat animals taking such feed. Experts said it could cause anthrax, antibiotic-resistance and even deadly diseases like cancer.  

Earlier, the government imposed a ban on importing and selling of MBM across the country.

MBM is also prohibited in many countries, such as India, Thailand, and the EU, because of its harmful effects on animals and human health.

Mahbub Kabir Milon, additional secretary of the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, told The Independent that MBM is considered a risky element in poultry feed because it can carry harmful virus, bacteria and other ingredients injurious to human health.

“It's made from bones of animals, including cows and goats, and a small amount of meat attached to the bones,” he said.

He also said that there are some alternatives, such as fish meal, soya bean and maize, that can meet the protein need of poultry.

Ahsanuzzaman, secretary of the Feed Industry Association (FIAB), said that many feed industries import MBM from different counties that are now banned by the government.

“To resolve the protein crisis in poultry, fish meal can be used in poultry feed, but the price of the item is high in the market,” he added.

BK

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