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23 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Producers of 52 substandard food items sued

Special Correspondent, Dhaka

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) yesterday filed cases against local brands producing 52 food items, which have failed quality tests of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI). Food safety inspector Kamrul Hasan filed the cases with the Safe Food Court of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday afternoon under section 26 of the Food Safety Act-2013.

The items are yet to be called back from the market despite higher court directives. Member of the BFSA and Additional Secretary Mahbub Kabir confirmed over telephone the filing of the cases and said the court has taken cognisance of the cases.

The cases come in the wake of a High Court order that directed the authorities concerned to take legal action against the substandard food items manufactured by the likes Pran, ACI and City Group. In a recent BSTI test, samples from 52 manufacturers were found to be substandard and adulterated. After getting results, the BSTI cancelled licences of nine factory units and suspended 43 other factory units.

Talking to The Independent, Kamrul Hasan said the DSCC Safe Food Court of Mehedy Pavel Sweet yesterday summoned the respective factory owners of substandard food items to appear before the court on June 24, 25 and 26 respectively for hearing on the cases.

According to the Food Safety Act-2013, the accused may be awarded with imprisonment spanning from one to three years  and a fine of Tk three lakh, Hasan added. He hopes that the cases would be resolved within a short span of time.

The High Court on May 12 asked the authorities concerned to recall immediately from the market 52 food items of different local brands that failed BSTI quality tests.   BSTI tested 406 food samples of 27 types which were collected randomly from the market and of them 52 manufacturers were found to be substandard.

The 52 substandard products include Teer mustard oil of City Oil, Rupchanda mustard oil of Bangladesh Edible Oil Ltd, chips of Kashem Food, drinking water of Ara Food, Duncan, and Deeghi, vermicelli of Pran, Well Food, Mishtimela, Modhubon, Mithai, Amrita, Jedda and Kiron, turmeric powder of Danish, Pran, Fresh, Dolphin and Manjil,  iodised salt of ACI, Molla Salt, Dada Super, Madhumati, Medina and Noor, curry powder of Danish and Pran, chili powder of Dolphin and Hathazari, and ghee of Baghbari Special, Banalata and Shurjo.

 

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