Dairy product adulteration

HC orders probe report by May 15

The High Court on Wednesday directed the Food Safety Authority (BFSA) to submit report on those found accountable for adulteration of milk, cattle feed and yogurt by May 15. The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Km Hafizul Alam passed the order during hearing on a suo moto rule issued by it on February 11.

The bench passed the order after receiving a report from BFSA authority stating that the authority had formed a 16-member probe body to find out those behind the contamination of milk, yogurt and cattle feed. The High Court on February 11, directed ACC to enquire about the adulteration and to take legal action against those found guilty.

The court also ordered the authorities concerned of the government to form a probe body to identify in three months the individuals and businesses involved in adulteration of dairy products and cattle feed. Issuing a suo moto rule, the court also ordered the authorities to form another team to investigate into the adulterated products and cattle feed and find whether they contained lead, antibiotics, bacteria, pesticides or other elements that are harmful to the human body.

The tests should repeat every six months, the court ordered earlier. Findings of the tests should be made public by publishing online to the website of the Food Safety Authority (Nirapad Khadya Kartripakkha) and available for the public. The dairy products and cattle feed are being adulterated by dishonest people and some traders as evidenced by a government report, the HC observed, citing newspaper reports.