Bangladesh Food Safety Authority on Sunday formed a committee for collecting samples of cow milk and fodder from across the country to check their quality.
The committee headed by BFSA member Mahbub Kabir comprises of representatives of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution, the Department of Agricultural Extension, Drug Administration, the department of fisheries and livestock and a number of other departments.
The committee has been asked to complete its task in 15 days, said Mahbub.
He said that the committee was not asked what tests should be conducted or where the tests would be held.
‘If needed we will send samples abroad for the tests,’ said Mahbub.
The committee was formed six days after the High Court ordered to get dairy products, cow milk and fodder tested to find out whether or not they were contaminated.
The HC asked the authorities concerned to complete the tests in 15 days.
The HC order came a day after the National Food Safety Laboratory of the Public Health Institute detected dangerous contamination in curd, cow milk and fodder sold in the capital, Gazipur and Narayanganj .
The NFSL found microbial, chemical and residual contamination in the samples collected from the capital, Gazipur and Narayanganj.
E. Coli and Salmonella contamination and other microorganisms were detected in the samples.
Chromium, Lead and Cadmium were found in the samples exceeding permissible limits while residues of deadly pesticide like Endosulfan were also detected.
Residues of antibiotics including tetracycline were also found at levels regarded dangerous for human health.
In 2018, laboratory tests of packaged milk by ICDDR,B revealed that three-fourths of pasteurised milk were unsafe for direct consumption.
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