Food safety chairman apologizes
HC asks DNCRP to launch hotline
Bangladesh Food safety authority chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Haque on Monday sought unconditional apology to the High Court for not complying with its order given on May 12.
The High Court (HC) on Sunday directed Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) to launch 24/7 hotline within two months to receive complaints against food adulteration.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order.
The court said before launching of the hotline, DNCRP have to serve the consumers through its number 01777753668, Prime Minister’s Office’s hotline 333 and national hotline 999 24-hour and seven days a week.
Meanwhile the High Court exempted Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) Chairman Mahfuzul Haque from personal appearance as he appeared before it today and offered unconditional apology for failing to withdraw substandard food items from the market.
On May 23, the High Court (HC) summoned him to appear before it on June 16 as the 52 products that failed the quality tests of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) were not removed from the market.
Earlier on May 12, the HC asked the authorities concerned to immediately remove from the market 52 substandard food products.
The High Court on May 12 asked the authorities concerned to remove immediately from the market 52 food items of different local brands that failed the quality tests of the BSTI.
The court also directed the BFSA and Directorate of National Consumers' Right Protection to comply with the order and submit their reports within 10 days.
It also ordered stopping production and marketing of those products until their quality is improved.
Advocate Shihab Uddin Khan stood for the petitioner while Faridul Islam and Barrister MR Hasan stood for BFSA and BSTI respectively and deputy attorney general Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state.