Al mamun, Correspondent Benapole: There is no way to stop the jelly push on the prawn. Not only it is harmful to the human body, it also increases the risk of death.
Jelly-covered prawns from Satkhira and Khulna regions are being marketed in the country and abroad.
According to traders, This special type of jelly is made by mixing several chemicals including rice starch. The jelly was later pushed into the prawns head with a syringe.
250 gm of jelly pushed in one kg of prawn. The seller gets an extra TK. 100 per kg.
Jelly prawn can damage human eyes and kidneys.The doctor said that people are slowly running towards death.
In the last two months, RAB members have seized about 5 metric tons of silicone jelly shrimp in Jashore. In Khulna, 6,700 kg of shrimps were destroyed after being seized.
Fisheries Quality Control Inspector Ashekur Rahman said life-threatening jelly shrimp. The campaign will continue to prevent it from being marketed.
According to the relevant sources, on the night of May 19, RAB seized 2 tons of jelly with shrimp filled in 61 cartons including three trucks.
The shrimps were seized from Bahadurpur area in the town.Later, the owners were fined Tk 2.5 lakh by Lipton Sardar, an inspection and quality control officer of the Fisheries Department.
On June 3, a truck seized shrimp and destroyed it. The owner of the shrimp was fined Tk 50,000 by a mobile court.
The operation was carried out on the Jashore –Benapole highway at night.
The owner of the fish, Jalal and Abdullah of Nawapara village in Debhata upazila of Satkhira, was fined Tk 50,000 and Tk 1 lakh by a mobile court.
Lt. M Naziur Rahman, commander of RAB-6 Jashore camp, said 5 metric tons of jelly-pushed shrimps were seized in Jashore in two months. Fine 4 lakh 30 thousand taka.
Jelly-pushed shrimps of 2 tons were seized on June 23 in Jashore. The owner was fined TK 30,000.
During the raid at Rajarhat, four shrimps loaded with corks were seized from a fish truck.
Last time, on July 3, a temporary check post was set up at Rajarhat aarea and a ton of jelly-filled shrimp was seized. The shrimp was being taken from Satkhira to Sylhet for marketing.
A team of RAB set up a temporary check post on Rajarhat road and seized a truck full of shrimp. The owner of the shrimp was later fined TK 50,000.
Two trucks of jelly-packed 6,600 kg of shrimp were seized from the toll plaza of Khanjahan 4 july Ali Bridge (Rupsha Bridge) in Khulna.
Later, a joint team of Bangladesh Frozen Food Exporters Association and the Department of Fisheries and Coast Guard destroyed them. The market value of the seized jelly-covered shrimp is around TK. 1 crore. Humayun Kabir, vice-president of Bangladesh Frozen Food Exporters Association added.
Jashore Deputy Civil Surgeon. Nazmus Sadiq said that the country’s reputation is being tarnished by exporting these jelly-covered shrimps abroad. And the return of exported shrimp is happening. Unscrupulous fish traders are silent killers. They are pushing countless people to their deaths. these can damage human eyes and kidneys.Gradually people started running towards death. There is a risk of getting infected with a major disease. n that sense it falls into the category of ‘slow-poisoning he added.
Jashore University of Science and Technology Associate Professor and Nutritionist Tanvir Ahmed said, This chemical jelly used in shrimp is deadly. These can damage the human esophagus, digestive system and even the kidneys. People can also get cancer by consuming these toxic chemicals.
Fisheries Inspection and Quality said, we have been campaigning against these unscrupulous traders for a long time to prevent the marketing of life threatening jelly shrimp. This campaign will continue.
How to recognize jelly-shrimp?
Fisheries Quality Control Inspector Ashekur Rahman again said ,When you go to the market to buy shrimp, there is no way to know which one has jelly and which one does not, said the fisheries officials. However, in this case, the buyer should be careful. Fisheries officials said
Seen from a distance with the naked eye, it is not clear whether there is jelly in the shrimp. For this you have to go closer and see. But to be sure, you have to break the head of the shrimp and then see if there is any liquid.
In this regard, the fisheries official said, if the shrimp is natural, the products will not spread easily even after breaking the head.
And if jelly is given, a loose object can be seen as soon as the head is broken,If you hold it down, it will want to come out. Then it will be understood that a different object has been inserted there.However, many times shopkeepers or fish-sellers do not want to let their heads be broken he added.