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BSTI initiative laudable

BSTI initiative laudable

It is good to know that the BSTI again cancelled licences of 18 companies and suspended licences of 11 others in its drive against companies that produce substandard products. Some popular consumer goods producers, including Square, Pran, Danish and Duncan have been found producing substandard products in this phase. It cannot here be overemphasised that the BSTI’s current drive against consumers’ products should continue until their producers are brought to book in a rigorous manner, because the health - and life – of consumers have to be protected by any means.

Some days ago before Eid, BSTI found 52 products of different famous brands of the country were short of quality and the case of banning these products went to the court also. Many are among these brands earned the trust of public, now it was shockingly found, not by the quality of their products but by their aggressive advertisement through media.

The revelation of substandard products thus meant that these companies had been cheating the consumers for years. Before, BSTI (Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution), rather dubiously, was not seen to be active against the manufacture, marketing and sale of products of questionable quality, and the consumers paid the price in terms of their health.  

But it was better late than never and consumers are now fairly aware of these products though after banning them, they are still being sold in the market. This is the kind of action people expected from the BSTI for long, the quality watchdog of the country.

Due to lax monitoring over the years, the present frustrating situation with consumers’ products has come to pass when the consumers have, as a whole, taken it as a matter of fate that they do not have any choice but to consume substandard and spurious products inviting danger to their health before the full glare of relevant entities including BSTI and law enforcers.

In the current drive, one thing must be done. It is the products of big brands that should be vehemently targeted for scanning because people buy their products with a degree of trust and these brands cannot disappoint the public anyway. Moreover, people go to choose their products even paying a little more because they want to feel safe. The BSTI must now deliver.

 

 

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