The leaders of the Bangladesh Beverage Manufacturing Association (BBMA) have hailed the concerned authorities for their decision to not give recognition to energy drinks.
They also mentioned that none of the members of the organisation is producing any drinks that violate the standards set by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI).
The brave decision taken by the BSTI and the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) is highly appreciable, said Harun Ar Rashid, President, BBMA at a Meet the Press at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka on Thursday.
“Recently, some misconception rose among general public regarding soft drinks or carbonated drinks. Many are viewing carbonated soft drinks from a different perspective. We, on behalf of our organisation want to reaffirm that all our member organisations are producing carbonated beverages according to the ‘BDS 1123’ standard set by the BSTI and these drinks are completely safe,” he said.
“BSTI is the only organisation in Bangladesh to set and control the standard of various products. It sets and controls the standard after running a series of tests. We should have faith in the BSTI as it is the only organization to be controlling the standard and quality of goods. BSTI took the decision after taking public opinion and discussing with members of the industry and others involved. BBMA welcomes this decision by the BSTI in consideration of public interest. BFSA’s step regarding the issue is also praiseworthy,” he further said.
BBMA’s local member organizations have a tremendous market. This market has not only made way for thousands of employment but it’s also one of the major sources of government revenue. It should be mentioned that a good amount of beverage is imported to Bangladesh and there is no way to control the standard of these products through the BSTI. There seems to be confusion amongst the public since the imported products and the ones produced in Bangladesh are evaluated under the same scale of standard, he said.
Sheikh Shamim Uddin, General Secretary, BBMA said, “The information gap with the public poses a great threat to the vast industry of beverages produced in Bangladesh. Millions can lose their jobs. It is high time that the public is presented with the facts. Therefore, on behalf of the BBMA, we request everyone to end the public confusion by giving them the correct information and further flourishing the industry.”