HC orders survey on harmful elements in milk
Published : Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 648
The High Court (HC) on Monday directed the authorities concerned to conduct a survey to determine the level and extent of harmful elements like lead, antibiotic and bacteria reportedly infesting the milk, curd and cow fodder across the country.
An HC bench comprising Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice K M Hafizul Alam came up with the suo moto order following a report published in different national dailies on adulterated milk.
"Food contamination is a huge corruption, which is damaging people's kidney, liver and even causing diseases like cancer. But no
action is being taken against the responsible persons," the court observed and asked the authorities concerned to submit the survey report before it by next 15 days.
Food, fisheries and livestock, agriculture and cabinet secretaries, chairman and all the members of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, Central Food Safety Management Coordination Committee and chairman of BSTI will have to carry out the order.
Besides, the court also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the inaction and failure of the respondents to stop the adulteration of cow milk and dairy food would not be declared illegal and those who are mixing lead and pesticides with those would not be brought under law.
The court also fixed March 3 for next hearing. Different national dailies published a report on Monday citing a survey report on the presence of pesticides, antibiotic and bacteria in raw cow milk.
The news reports were based on a government-commissioned study, which was released on Sunday. The study found that raw cow milk contains excessive levels of lead, regular consumption of which is harmful to human health.
Conducted by the National Food Safety Laboratory of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the study also detected high levels of chromium in cow feeds. Besides, it found excessive presence of pesticide, antibiotic and bacteria in raw cow milk.