BSTI’s repeated drive against substandard products
It is good to note that Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution ( BSTI) has once more come under the spotlight by cancelling licences of 18 companies while suspending licences of 11 others in its drive against companies that produce substandard products. Some widely renowned consumer goods producers, including Square, Pran, Danish and Duncan have been found producing substandard products under the fresh drive. It cannot here be overemphasised that the BSTI's current drive against consumers' products should continue until their producers are brought to book in a rigorous manner, because the health-- and life--of consumers have to be protected by any means.
Prior to the Eid festival, BSTI unearthed the shocking truth that 52 products of different famous brands of the country were short of quality and the case of banning these products went to the court also. Many are among these brands earned public trust and what was found that not by the actual quality of their products, they were marketed their aggressive advertisements and media campaigns through media.
The revelation of substandard products thus meant that these companies had been cheating the consumers for years. Before, BSTI, rather dubiously, was not seen to be active against the manufacture, marketing and sale of products of questionable quality, and the consumers paid the price in terms of their health. Thankfully the government institution has woke up and shown a sharp sense of courage, responsibility and professionalism.
But it was better late than never and consumers are now fairly aware of these products though after banning them, they are still being sold in the market. This is the kind of action people expected from the BSTI for long. The government watchdog must now ensure all its identified poor quality products are withdrawn the soonest.
Due to lax monitoring over the years, the present frustrating situation with consumers' products has come to pass when the consumers have, as a whole, taken it as a matter of fate that they do not have any choice but to consume substandard and spurious products inviting danger to their health before the full glare of relevant entities including BSTI and law enforcers.
In the current drive, one thing must be done. It is the products of big brands that should be vehemently targeted for scanning because people buy their products with a degree of trust and these brands cannot disappoint the public anyway. Moreover, people go to choose their products even paying a little more because they want to feel safe. The BSTI must now deliver.