Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution on Saturday seized 433 kg of salt marketed by
ACI and Molla Salt Industries Limited in the capital.
The two companies were earlier under instruction to recall the salt consignments as lab tests showed they did not contain iodine and iron in prescribed ratios.
ACI was also ordered to withdraw its coriander powder from the market as it contained excessive fat and moisture.
After holding drives at Mouchak, Malibagh, Moghbazae and Khilgaon, BSTI additional director Mohammad Arafat Sarker told New Age, ‘It seems that most of the 52 substandard food products had been withdrawn by 43 firms from the market.’
He seized 133 kg of salt from shops at Maghbazar and Khilgaon.
He said that only the Moghbazar branch of Agora was selling the salt packs that should have been withdrawn by the producers by Saturday morning.
He conducted the driver from 10AM to 2PM.
At least 43 manufacturers are under the instruction to withdraw their mustard oil, honey, laccha semai, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, fermented milk, chanachur, biscuit, chips, flour, noodle, drinking water in jars and bottles and soft drink powder as they were found to be unfit for consumption.
Another BSTI team led by additional director SM Abu Sayed raided shops at Uttara and seized 300 kg of ACI Salt.
Sayed said that only grocery shops at relatively poor neighbourhoods in Uttara were found selling ACI Salt.
At least 30 of the 52 substandard food products are made and sold in the outlying districts where BSTI does not enforce the food standards.
BSTI also does not monitor the areas in the capital where the poor live.
Pran Agro Ltd, ACI Food Ltd, ACI Salt Ltd, Molla Salt Industries, City Oil Mill, Shabnam Vegetable Oil Industries Ltd, Bangladesh Edible Oil Ltd, Kashem Food Products Ltd, New Zealand Dairy Products BD Ltd, Duncan Products Ltd, Danish Food Ltd, Banalata Sweets and Bakery, Madhuban Bread and Biscuit Industries Private Ltd, Well Food and Beverage Co, Baghabari
Special Ghee Co, and Madhumati Salt Industries are among the prominent companies that produce and market substandard food products according to the BSTI.
On May 12, the High Court Division ordered the food and consumer rights regulators to immediately ensure the recall or destruction of the substandard food products.
Since Wednesday, the BSTI cancelled manufacturing licenses of nine of products and suspended 43 others.
The Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection on Thursday gave two days to the companies to withdraw their substandard food products from the market.
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