BAU forms taskforce to test milk, dairy products

BAU Correspondent | Published: 01:03, Jul 20,2019


Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh formed a taskforce to assess the quality of milk and dairy products of the country.

The taskforce has been formed with dairy science department head Md Harun-ur Rashid as the chairman and the department teacher Mohammad Ashiqul Islam member secretary, said BAU deputy director (public relations) Din Mohammad Dinu.

The other members of the taskforce are animal husbandry faculty dean Md Nurul Islam, BAU Research System director MAM Yahia Khandoker, microbiology and hygiene professor SM Lutful Kabir, agricultural chemistry professor Razia Sultana and pharmacology department professor Kazi Rafiqul Islam, he said.

All the necessary expenditure for the research would be provided from BAU Research System, he said.

The task of the task force is to collect milk and various dairy products samples from country’s different farms and organisations to evaluate the quality of that milk and dairy products and submit a detailed report with a rapid researched result and give recommendations in this context, he said.

Earlier, multiple antibiotic residues were detected in samples of both pasteurised and non-pasteurised cow milk tested at a Dhaka University laboratory.

A group of nine teachers from the faculty of pharmacy, led by Professor ABM Faroque, conducted the tests at DU’s Biomedical Research Centre.

The same group of teachers who were thrust under media spotlight by their revelation in the last week of June that both pasteurised and non-pasteurised cow milk contained not only antibiotic residues but also detergent and a high number of harmful bacteria.

Their previous work has already put them under threat of facing legal action from the ministry of industry.

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