Fifty-two substandard products of different companies are still selling in the market though the High Court has banned production and sale of those items.
Market sources said the companies continue selling their banned products to retailers, showing disregard for the court order.They said the government authorities, particularly the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP), are fining the shop owners for selling those substandard products instead of creating pressure on the manufacturers to stop their production and sale.
On Saturday, the DNCRP led by its deputy director Manjur Mohammad Shahriar fined Nasir Store Tk 10,000, Jabbar Store Tk 2,000 and Bismillah Store Tk 2,000 for not obeying the HC order.
Many retailers have urged the manufacturers to withdraw their substandard products from the markets. Many shopkeepers have expressed the fear of drives by the government authorities.
Besides DNCRP, Bangladesh Standard Testing Institution (BSTI) and Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) are the government authorities to implement the HC order.
ACI Aydinjukta Laban, manufactured by ACI Salt Ltd at Rupganj in Narayanganj, is among the 52 banned products. It was found at Howlader Shop, Maa Babar Doa Shop and Karima General Store at East Badda in the city on Sunday.
One of the shop owners said that she was unaware of the banned products while two others said that the company did not take out the salt from their shops. Instead, the company men came to the market to supply the product to them.“When we have asked the company men to withdraw their product, they have showed us a statement to sell their salt,” one of the shopkeepers said.
This correspondent has obtained a copy of the statement signed by ACI’s Business Director Kamrul Hasan on May 14.
“The BSTI found excessive pH in ACI Pure Salt bearing batch number no.0214304. Keeping respect to the BSTI, the authority took out the product from the market,” the statement said.
Through the statement, the company means that the harmful salt was withdrawn and what they are selling now is up to the standard.
Mollah Salt, manufactured by Mollah Salt Industries Ltd at Char Syedpur in Narayanganj, is one of the banned products.
Owner of Niloy Enterprise at a kitchen market along Gulshan Lake at Gudaraghat told the daily sun that the company men came to the shop and explained that the HC banned their Aydinjukta Laban, which is thick. Generally, thick salt is used in fish, but it not used for cooking food and also not taken with dishes.
Pran Holuder Gura (turmeric powder) of Pran Agro Ltd (Natore) is another banned product.
A shopkeeper at the kitchen market showed two items of Pran and expressed fear if he would be fined for the product. He has urged the company to take out the products soon.
Some shop owners have said that only City Oil Mill took out its Teer Sarisha Tel (mustard oil) from them, but no other companies came to do so.
On May 12, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned to withdraw 52 products from the market found to be substandard in tests conducted by the BSTI.
It asked BSTI, BFSA, and DNCRP to take immediate action to remove these products from the market and stop their production until they meet mandatory BSTI standards.
They products Teer Sarisha Tel, GB Sarishar Tel, Pusti Mustard Oil, Rupchanda Mustard Oil, Sun Chips, Ara Drinking Water, Al Safi Drinking Water, Mizan Drinking Water, Morn Dew Drinking Water, Duncan Natural Mineral Water, RR View Drinking Water, Dighee Drinking Water, Pran Lachchha Seemai, Dudli Noodles, Testy, Tani, Taskia Soft Drink Powder, Priya Soft Drink Powder, Danish Holuder Gura, Pran Holuder Gura, Fresh Holuder Gura, ACI Pure Dhaniar Gura, Pran Curry Powder, Danish Curry Powder, Banolata Ghee, Pure Hathazari Maricher Gura, Mistimela Lachchha Seemai, Madhuban Lachchha Seemai, Mithai Lachchha Seemai, Oil Food Lachchha Seemai, ACI Aydinjukta Laban, Mollah Salt, King Maida, Fermented Milk (Dai), Makka Chanachur, Mehedi Biscuit, Baghabari Special Ghee, Suji of M/S Nishita Foods, Lachchha Seemai of M/S Madhuban and Products, Holuder Gura of M/S Manzil Food and Products, Madhumoti Aydinjukta Laban, Sun Holuder Gura, Greenlane Madhu, Kiran Lachchha Seemai, Dolphin Maricher Gura and Dolphin Holuder Gura, Surya Maricher Gura, Jedda Lachchha Seemai, Amrita Lachchha Seemai, Dada Supar Aydinjukta Laban, Tin Teer Aydinjukta Laban, Star Ship Aydinjukta Laban, Taj Aydinjukta Laban and Nur Special Aydinjukta Laban.