Bangladesh Food Safety Authority sued 47 companies for producing substandard food products with the Food Court on Wednesday.
BFSA safe food inspector Kamrul Hasan said he filed 52 cases against the companies against 52 substandard food products.
The High Court Division on May 12 directed the chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and the director general of National Consumer Rights Protection Department to immediately remove and destroy 52 substandard food products produced and marketed by 43 companies.
A seven-day deadline given to the errant companies to withdraw their substandard products expired on Saturday. But many of the 52 items were still on sale.
The court issued the order hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Conscious Consumers Society’ secretary Palash Mahmud.
Petitioner’s lawyer Shihab Uddin Khan submitted that the industries minister had announced at a news conference on May 2 that the BSTI tested 406 food product samples and found 52 substandard.
The list of 52 substandard products that were submitted to the High Court Division including Teer brand of mustered oil of City Oil Mills, Rupchanda brand of mustered oil of Bangladesh Edible Oil, Pusti of Shabnam Vegetable Oil, GB of Green Blessings Oil, bottled water of Duncan Product Ltd, Arra Food & Beverage Ltd, Al Safi Drinking Water Ltd, Shahari & Brother Ltd and Modern Dew Pure Water, Salt with adulterated iodine of ACI, Molla, Madhumati, Dada Super, Tin Teer, Madina, Starship, Taz and Noor, lachchha vermicelli of Mishtimela, Madhuban, Mithai, Wellfood, Baghabarhi Special, Pran, Jeddah, Kiron and Amrita, Noodle of Doodley of New Zealand Dairy, Sun brand potato chips of Quasem Food Products, turmeric powder of Danish, Fresh, Baghabarhi Special, Pran and Sun and coriander powder of ACI Pure.
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