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HC orders BSTI to submit test reports on 93 products

  • Published at 06:31 pm May 23rd, 2019
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Earlier, BSTI published reports on 313 out of the 406 products it tested for quality

The High Court has ordered Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution (BSTI) to submit the unpublished reports on 93 products that it tested recently.

The bench of justices Sheikh Hassan Arif and Razik-Al-Jalil on Thursday ordered BSTI to file the reports by June 16.

The court order came following a petition filed by Conscious Consumers Society (CCS) seeking the BSTI test reports.

According to the petition, BSTI published the reports on 313 out of the 406 products it tested for quality, but did not publish reports on the remaining 93 products.

“Since the reports on those 93 products have not been published, we can’t be sure of their quality,” said CCS Executive Director Palash Mahmood.

The High Court on May 12 ordered the authorities concerned to immediately withdraw 52 food products from the market that were found to be substandard by BSTI.

The court also ordered the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) and the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection to follow through the instructions within 10 days and file the report with the court.

It also asked the authorities to pull the products out of the market, and halt their production and marketing, until they meet the standards. As BFSA failed to implement the order, the court summoned its chief to appear before it.