The High Court Division on Sunday directed Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution to submit to it on July 7 the Dhaka University’s research report that found presence of ‘detergent and antibiotic’ in pasteurised milk and banned artificial sweetener cyclamate in fruit drinks.
The study report of DU’s Biomedical Research Centre and its pharmacy faculty released on June 25 also found substandard ghee or clarified butter and tainted powder of chilli and turmeric, palm, mustard and soya bean oil —products of popular brands.
A bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir told the BSTI that it needed to see the DU report at the next hearing.
The bench were hearing a previous rule issued by another bench on May 21, 2018 that had directed the government and BSTI to explain why their failure and inaction to monitor and ensure safety standards of pasteurised milks would not be declared as ‘illegal’.
The respondents were also asked to explain why they would not be directed to monitor and ensure
safety standards of pasteurised milks on sale in the market.
BSTI’s lawyer Rashadul Hassan sought an adjournment until July 7 to place argument on the previous rule.
The court had issued the rule after hearing Supreme Court lawyer Tanvir Ahmed’s writ petition that had pointed out that the ICDDR, B in its lab tests found pasteurised milk in the market contaminated.
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