THE government has made mandatory the use of standard mark of the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution on the level of 43 more products to ensure availability of quality products for consumers.
The products include potato chips, gold, different types of processed milk, artificial flavoured drinks, liquid hand wash, sanitizer, cleaners, bricks, shoes, tyres and cotton share.
The industries ministry on January 31 issued a gazette notification in this connection, prohibiting the sales, distribution and commercial advertisement of the products without the standard mark.
The ban will come into effect after two months of the date of gazette notification, it said.
BSTI director (standards) Nilufa Hoque on Thursday told New Age that the government took the move to prevent the production and sales of low-quality products and ensure quality products for consumers.
"The products will now come under the monitoring of the BSTI,' she said.
The number of products under the mandatory BSTI mark now stands at 227, including the newly included 43 goods, she added.
The other products of 43 goods include a blend of skimmed milk and vegetable fat in powdered form, ultra high temperature (UHT) milk and UHT homogenised milk, flavoured milk, low fat milk, artificial flavoured drinks, ice lolly, synthetic vinegar, corn flakes and oats.
Natural henna/mehedi (powder and paste), synthetic colour paste, household dish washing liquid, floor liquid detergents, liquid toilet cleaner, disposable razor blades, nail polish, cotton share-power loom, cotton lungi cloth-handloom, absorbent cotton and alcohol based hand sanitizer have also come under the mandatory BSTI standards mark system.
The use of BSTI mark has also made mandatory for hollow clay bricks and blocks, concrete paving blocks, unplasticized polyvinylchloride (PVC-U), plastics piping systems-polyethylene (PE-general, pipes and fittings), AC electric ventilating fans and regulators, direct moulded sole (DMS) boots for general purpose, tyres and rims of bus, truck, passenger car and motorcycles, glass tableware and float glass.
BSTI standards mark should also be used for water for use in secondary batteries, power transformers, photovoltaic devices, battery charge controllers for photovoltaic system, specification for containers for packaging of mineral water and drinking water, totational moulded polyethylene water stor age tanks and specification for energy-efficiency rating of household refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers.
Officials said that manufacturers should ensure the production of the products, complying with the Bangladesh national standards specified for the products.
Manufacturers will have to take BSTI licence for the production and marketing of the products and the BSTI standard seal will be used on the products or on the packages of the products, they said.
No one will be able to distribute, sell and carry out commercial advertisements of the products without the seal or mark, they said, adding that the provision would be applicable to both locally produced and imported products.
The BSTI will take legal and punitive actions for any violation of the provision, they added.
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