Pesticides in Milk

HC asks ACC to take action against culprits

Staff Correspondent

11th February, 2019 11:16:48 printer

The High Court on Monday directed the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the adulteration of raw cow milk and curd being sold across the country, find those involved in the misdeed and take legal action against them.

The HC asked for a report on the progress of its verdict execution within 15 days.

A bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the suo moto order following some newspaper reports.

Several dailies published a report on Monday based on the findings of a study that cow fodder, milk and curd are contaminated with an excessive degree of lead and antibiotics posing serious health hazards.

The HC also issued a rule, asking the ACC chairman to explain why it shall not be directed to take action against the persons and organisations responsible for contaminating milk and curd.

The court asked the respondents to explain in four weeks why their inaction to prevent the adulteration of raw milk, curd and cow fodder should not be declared illegal.

The court observed that food adulteration is a corruption but the offenders are not facing any action by the ACC.

The National Food Safety Laboratory of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare found the contamination in a study and released the report on Sunday.

The laboratory collected 96 samples of cow raw milk, 30 of cow feeds, 33 of curds and 31 of packaged milk from 18 areas in Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj during a period from August to December last year (2018), and found the presence of lead and other harmful substances.