Detergent, formalin found in milk

DU Correspondent

26 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Detergent, formalin  
found in milk

Researchers have found presence of antibiotics, formalin and detergent in milk and some other food products, which are very dangerous for human health.

Professor ABM Faruque, director of the Biomedical Research Centre, unveiled the  findings at a press conference at Dhaka University on Tuesday.

Dhaka University’s Pharmacy Faculty and Biomedical Research Centre jointly conducted a test on different food items.

“We’ve tested pasteurised and non-pasteurised raw milk produced by five companies and found detergent and antibiotics in them,” Prof Faruque said.

Researchers have detected detergent in pasteurised milk produced by five companies — Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.

From local markets, they collected eight food items — ghee, fruit drinks, chilli powder, turmeric powder, palm’s oil, mustard oil, soybean oil and liquid milk – to carry out test in laboratories.

They then evaluated their quality by measuring different parameters comparing with Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) standard requirements.

In their laboratory test, researchers have found antibiotics, formalin and detergent in the milk samples.

They, however, warned that the rampant use of antibiotics in food products can cause fatal consequences for human health.

Eight samples from different brands of Ghee, Chilli Powders and Turmeric Powders have been found below BSTI quality.

They also found a dangerous textile colour named metanile yellow in some samples of Turmeric Powders.

Ten samples of unnamed brands of Palm’s oil have completely failed to meet the BSTI standards.

They also tested eight samples of mustard oil and soybeans oil of different brands — of which many were found below BSTI standards.

Besides, they collected seven samples of pasteurised milk of different brands and three samples of non-pasteurised milk from local markets of Palashi, Gabtoli and Muhammadpur area.

Many of the samples have failed to meet the BSTI standards.

“The traces of antibiotics that we’ve found were meant for human use. Antibiotics for humans and animals are totally different. We need to stop the use of antibiotics meant for humans on animals,” Prof Faruque further said.