Lead, pesticides, chemicals found in cow milk, fodder
Cow milk and curd have been found contaminated with lead, pesticides and several other harmful chemicals.
A government-commissioned survey jointly conducted by National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL) and the United Nations based on samples collected from wide areas of the country Sunday came up with the stunning results at the Public Health Institute auditorium in the city. The survey was conducted with the
financial support of the Agriculture Organization (FAO). The survey covered samples of cow fodder, cow milk, packaged milk and curd, collected from 27 upazilas under four districts including Dhaka.
According to the survey results, the cow fodder samples were found to be contaminated with different harmful chemicals, such as pesticides, lead, chromium, tetracycline, enrofloxacin, ciprocin, and aflatoxin. Of the 96 samples of cow's milk, nine percent of milk had pesticide, 13 percent had tetracycline, and 15 percent had lead, while 96 percent of the milk samples had various microorganisms available.
In the 31 samples of all brands of packaged milk in the market, both imported and locally produced, 30 per cent of the samples contained tetracycline and one contained lead above permitted level while 66-80 per cent of the samples were contaminated with microbiological impurities.
Besides, microbiological impurities were found in 51 per cent of curd samples collected from sweets shops of different brands while one sample contained lead above permitted level. Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque was present at the programme where NFSL received the accreditation card from the Netherlands government, attaining the international standard.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Murad Hasan, Additional Secretary (Public Health) Habibur Rahman, Director of the Institute Nirmal Sen and representatives from the Netherlands were present at the function with Director General (DG) of Directorate General of Health service (DGHS) Professor Abul Klam Azad in the chair.