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HC: No antibiotics for cattle without veterinary doctor’s prescription

  • Published at 01:42 pm July 16th, 2019
File photo of a women milking a cow at a dairy farm Dhaka Tribune

The bench of Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Tuesday

The High Court has asked the government to ensure that antibiotics are not used for cattle without prescription of veterinary doctors.

The bench of Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Tuesday.

Barrister Faridul Islam stood for Bangladesh Food Safety Authority whereas Sarkar MR Hasan represented Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution, and Deputy Attorney General AKM Aminuddin Manik represented the state. 

BFSA lawyer Barrister Faridul Islam confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Earlier, BFSA submitted a report to the bench following a previous court order, where it disclosed that there was lead, a substance extremely harmful for humans, found in 11 of the 14 pasteurized milk brands approved by BSTI.

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The court also issued a rule asking why these milk companies will not create a fund for concerned organizations for research and development of milk and related products. 

The court also directed BFSA to submit a report before this court by July 28 on what action it has taken against adulteration of milk, curd, and cattle feed.

Earlier on June 23, the High Court had given two weeks’ time to BSTI to submit the particulars of companies and firms producing and supplying milk and curd, with or without licenses in Dhaka, and also the names of those doing business with valid licenses. 

The High Court had ordered the testing of raw cow milk, curd, and fodder in the market, following rampant milk adulteration in Bangladesh.

On May 21, the same bench ordered the BSTI and the BFSA to submit lab reports by June 23. The court issued the order at the hearing of a suo moto ruling issued on February 11.

Prof Shahnila Ferdousi, chief of National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL), appeared in court and handed in only a report listing the companies or persons responsible for producing adulterated milk and milk products.

In NFSL's report, the names of 30 curd-producing companies, 30 fodder suppliers, 31 packet milk and 96 raw cow milk producers, and several persons, were mentioned with respect to products containing toxic materials.

On May 15, the court ordered BSTI and BFSA to submit their report on May 21, when they failed to submit it within 15 days of the suo moto ruling of February 11.