HC asks BSTI to test milk again | 2019-07-15

HC asks BSTI to test milk again

Staff Correspondent

15 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The High Court has ordered the Bangladesh Standards Testing Institute (BSTI) to test the pasteurised milk produced by all the 14 registered companies at four recommended laboratories within a week.

A division bench comprising Justice Syed Reffat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir Lytton passed the order on Sunday while hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Tanveer Ahmed.

Incidentally, the HC order came a day after Dhaka University researchers claimed to have found again antibiotics in ten milk samples. The researchers echoed the view of its earlier report.

The HC recommended laboratories, where the test are to be conducted, are: The Institute of Public Health, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Feed and Food Safety Laboratory under the Institute of Bangladesh Livestock and Research and Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

As per the HC order, BSTI will have to collect samples of pasteurised milk of the companies from the market in presence of representatives of four laboratories.

The laboratories are asked to test the milk to determine whether there is health hazardous substance like total bacterial count, coliform, staphylococcus, acidity, formalin, detergent and antibiotic in the pasteurised milk.

The HC directed the BSTI to submit its action plan to develop capacity for detecting detergent and antibiotics in the pasteurised milk. The action plans are to be submitted within seven days

The court also wanted to know what steps BSTI has taken following two test reports on milk released by Dhaka University researchers.

The High Court will issue further order on the matter on July 23.

Barrister Aneek R Haque appeared for the writ petitioner while Barrister Sarker MR Hasan argued for the BSTI.

Amid ongoing controversy about contaminated milk, a group of researchers of the Dhaka University (DU) on Saturday claimed again that they have again found anti-biotic in ten milk samples of the five major brands of milks in the market.

They also said that four antibiotics were detected in the sample in new test. They also they detected antibiotic in three samples tested earlier, said a press release signed by  Prof ABM Faruque, former director of Biomedical Research Centre of Dhaka University.

“We conducted this test again last week. As before, five packets of pasteurized milk samples of the five brands and three non-packaged samples were collected from the same place,” the professor said in the press release.

The ten milk samples were examined in the same digital lab. The result is worrying as before. Antibiotics have been detected in the all samples once again. The antibiotics are: Oxytetracycline, enrofloaxacin, Ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin. Oxytetracycline and enrofloxacin were new antibiotics which were not found in previous test,” said the press release.