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12 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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contamination in milk, fodder

HC orders survey to detect toxins

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
HC orders survey 
to detect toxins

The High Court (HC) yesterday (Monday) directed the government to conduct a survey to determine the quantities of cow milk, dairy products and cow fodder containing bacteria, antibiotics, lead and pesticides, which are harmful for public health, that are being supplied across the country. In a suo moto move, the HC bench comprising Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam issued with the order following a report published in different national dailies on adulterated milk.

Different national dailies yesterday (Monday) published several reports citing a survey report on the presence of pesticides, antibiotics and bacteria in raw cow milk. In its order, the HC bench asked the authorities concerned to submit the survey report to it within 15 days.

The HC bench also issued a rule asking the government to explain within four weeks why its inaction and failure to stop such adulteration of cow milk and dairy food products should not be declared illegal.

It also asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to bring those involved in contamination of cow milk to justice.

In the rule, the HC bench also asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to explain why it should not be directed to take action against those responsible for such adulteration. The ACC chairman has been asked to implement the HC order.

The HC bench observed that food adulteration is a “corruption”, and yet, appropriate action has not been taken against

those responsible. The food, agriculture, fisheries and livestock and health secretaries, the Cabinet secretary, all members of the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, members of the Central Food Safety Management Coordination Committee and the chairman of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) have been made respondents in the rule.

The HC bench also fixed March 3 for the next hearing on the matter.

Some national dailies yesterday (Monday) published the reports based on a government-commissioned study, which was released on Sunday, and which found that raw cow milk contains excessive levels of lead, regular consumption of which is deleterious for human health.

The National Food Safety Laboratory of the health and family welfare ministry, in a study, detected high levels of chromium in cow feed. It also found excessive presence of pesticide, antibiotics and bacteria in raw cow milk.

The study was conducted after collecting 96 samples of cow raw milk, 30 of cow feed, 33 of curd and 31 of packed milk randomly from 18 places in Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj between August and December last year, according to the report.

It was aimed to provide baseline data about the contaminants in milk and milk products and cow feed in the country, raise awareness among consumers and stakeholders and suggest appropriate remedies.  

 

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