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HC warns BSTI lawyer over false claims on pasteurized milk

  • Published at 05:10 pm July 9th, 2019

The court had not heard or passed any order on the issue regarding pasteurized milk

The High Court has reprimanded the lawyer of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) for claiming the court had expressed satisfaction at the institution's tests on samples of pasteurized milk brands.

The bench of Justices Syed Refaat Ahmed and MD Iqbal Kabir Liton on Tuesday told BSTI's lawyer Barrister Sarkar MR Hassan that the court had not heard about, or passed any order, on the issue regarding pasteurized milk.

The court told BSTI's lawyer that the information he provided to media about the court's satisfaction at BSTI's results on pasteurized milk was not correct.

"We did not pass any order, or make any observations about the report, but you told the media that we did," the court told Barrister Hassan.

The bench pointed out how Pran Group was quoting the court to prove their products were of good quality after the BSTI lawyer's comments. 

"Who will take responsibility if someone falls sick after drinking their milk?" it asked.

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The court ordered the authorities concerned to not publish any information or advertise anything on pasteurized milk involving the High Court until it passes a written order. 

During hearing a writ petition on Tuesday, Barrister Hassan prayed to the court to give him two days’ time for submitting a report from the Dhaka University’s Pharmacy Department on the pasteurized milk through affidavit.

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Advocate Tanvir Ahmed stood for the writ.

Earlier on June 30, the High Court sought the study report conducted by members of Dhaka University's Pharmacy Department that found antibiotics, detergent and other hazardous bacterial organisms in pasteurized milk products.

'Drink Aarong, Milkvita milk without any fear'

Additional Secretary of Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Kazi Wasiuddin has assured that everyone can drink the milk of Aarong, Milkvita, Pran and other pasteurized milk companies without any fear. 

"These milk brands do not contain any harmful ingredients," he said at a discussion meeting held at the Livestock headquarters on Tuesday.

"There is a conspiracy afoot to destroy the dairy industry of Bangladesh," the additional secretary said. "A certain group of enemies are set on destroying the industry, and that group is influencing the professors of Dhaka University."

He asked the professors: "When publishing the results of any research findings, you need to follow a few ethical rules. Were the findings published in a peer review journal? If not, then your method was wrong."

The ministry will take actions against the researchers if they cannot provide an explanation, Wasiuddin warned.

The discussion was organised two weeks after some researchers of Pharmacy Faculty and Biomedical Research Centre of Dhaka University said they had found detergent and antibiotics in some samples of milk collected from markets.

Director of Biomedical Research Centre ABM Faruque unveiled the findings on June 25 after testing seven samples of widely-sold pasteurized milk and three samples of unpasteurized milk.

Following the findings, which were unveiled on June 25, the High Court sought the report from the DU researchers.