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Food Safety Case

DANO’s Hallberg gets bail

Prosecutor accuses BUET of conniving with the company while making food sample report

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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DANO’s Hallberg gets bail
Peter Hallberg

The Pure Food Court on Sunday granted bail to Managing Director of Arla Foods Bangladesh Limited Peter Hallberg in a case under the Food Safety Act, 2013.

Special Metropolitan Magistrate Khaleda Yeasmin Urmi passed the order after Prosecuting Officer of the case and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Food and Sanitary Inspector Kamrul Hasan submitted a test report on DANO Full Cream Milk Powder, a product of the food company.

Associate Professor of chemical engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Tanvir Sowgath conducted the test. 

DSCC Food Inspector Kamrul filed the case against the Managing Director in July 2021 as a food sample of DANO Full Cream Milk Powder was found substandard in the Modern Food Laboratory and Training Centre at DSCC.

According to the test, the milk cream contains 19.58 percent fat and 3.45 per cent moisture, but the fat must be between 26 to 42 per cent while the moisture will be less than five per cent in accordance with Bangladesh standard.

Court sources said when the food company presented their reservation about the quality of testing at Modern Food Testing Laboratory and Training Center, both parties agreed to test the food sample at BUET.

After presenting the test report on the sample to the court, the Prosecuting Officer accused the authorities of BUET of colluding with the food company.    

He said, “As per the court order, the BUET authorities should have performed the standard test of food sample once, but they tested the sample twice and the first test found the sample substandard. I refused to have the third test done as there was an order not to do it one more time.”

He also told the court that he was threatened not to oppose the bail petition for the accused.

The officer demanded punishment of the people behind the collusion.

The lawyer of the accused Ashraful Hadi told the court that the second test was performed as the first test was done with the old reagent which was also mentioned in the test report.

“In addition to it, we have tested our product samples in six labs in Bangladesh including BSTI and Waffen. In every test, we have received favorable results attesting to our product quality,” he said.

The next hearing is scheduled for February 8.