HC Orders BSTI
Test pasteurized milk at four labs in 7 days
Published : Monday, 15 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 732
The High Court (HC) on Sunday ordered Bangladesh Standards Testing Institute (BSTI) to test the pasteurised milk, produced and marketed by all the 14 companies registered by the institute, at four laboratories within a week to detect contamination including presence of antibiotics.
An HC bench comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order, setting July 23 for holding further hearing in this regard.
The bench came up with the order when BSTI lawyer Sarkar MR Hasan informed the court that BSTI does not have proper technological support to test antibiotics in pasteurised milk.
The four laboratories fixed by the court are National Food Safety Laboratory, laboratories of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), and Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.
The four institutes will conduct test for detecting presence of any harmful substances like coliform bacteria, SEDT, formalin, detergent and antibiotics in the milk samples.
BSTI would collect samples of milk in presence of the representatives of these four institutes and hand those over to them, the court ordered.
The High Court also directed the BSTI to submit the action plan about developing its standard to detect detergent and antibiotics in the milk to the court in seven days.