Antibiotics found in milk second time
Published : Sunday, 14 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 797
Second round of tests conducted by researchers, led by a Dhaka University teacher, have once again revealed the presence of antibiotics in samples of local pasteurised milk.
According to the report, researchers collected 10 samples of local pasteurized milk products and found antibiotics all of the samples.
Head of the researchers and former Director of Biomedical Research Centre of Dhaka University Professor A B M Faruk, said, 'This is his second phase milk research report."
Earlier on June 25, Dhaka University's Biomedical Research Centre and the labs at the Faculty of Pharmacy published a research report on milk and other food items.
Confirming the findings, the pharmaceutical technology teacher told journalist that "The same team of researchers, conducted tests on samples of the same milk brands collected from the same place. We also used the same apparatus from the last round of tests."
"But the results are as alarming as before. The only difference is that we found three types of antibiotics in the first study - this time we found four."
The university's pharmacy department subsequently denied any involvement with the study.
Later, the Department of Livestock Services questioned objective of the study, with businessmen claiming local and foreign forces were conspiring to destroy Bangladesh's booming dairy industry.
In this context, Prof Faroque outlined the findings of the second round of tests in a statement and refuted claims that the study formed part of a conspiracy to undermine the dairy industry.
Researchers began the second round of tests on July 2, according to Faroque. "We had redone the test last week. We found four antibiotics (oxytetracycline, enrofloxacin, levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin). Two of the antibiotics (oxytetracycline and enrofloxacin) were not found in the previous tests," he said in the statement.
Of the 10 samples, three contained four antibiotics, six had three and one had two antibiotics, according to the statement.
"We will try to publish the results of this test as well as others in the public interest," added the statement.