Submit report on milk toxicity: HC

Staff Correspondent

22 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to submit a report on toxicity of marketed raw cow milk, curd and fodder by June 23.

Bangladesh Standards Testing Institute (BSTI) and Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) will have to submit the report.

A division bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Tuesday.

Earlier on May 15, the High Court asked the BSTI and BFSA to submit report along with names of companies marketing the contaminated milks.

Professor Shahnila Ferdousi, head of National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL), appeared before the High Court along with a study report on Tuesday.

She claimed her ogarnisation earlier published a report on milk after testing samples of the food.

She said international standard was followed in testing procedures of samples.

National Food safety laboratory tested the samples of food in order to build public awareness, she added.

The High Court directed Prof Shahnila to submit her statement in affidavit within a month.

Earlier, the HC cautioned food adulterators with stern action.

The companies and individuals, whoever they are, would not be spared, the court said.

A report of National Food Safety Laboratory claimed to have found presence of heavy lead and pesticides in raw cow milk being sold in the market, posing serious health hazard to human health.

It also detected high level of chromium in fodder and excessive presence of pesticides, antibiotics and bacteria in raw cow milk.

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) were directed by HC to provide the list of the companies.

Representatives from the two organizations appeared before the High Court on Wednesday along with a report which lacked names of the companies marketing contaminated milk.

The list was also silent about milk producers excluding the 14 BSTI-licensed companies.