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BSTI submits three separate lab reports to HC

  • Published at 07:20 pm July 23rd, 2019
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The High Court bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir set Wednesday for hearing on lab reports

The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has submitted three of four separate lab reports to the High Court Division   on pasteurized milk produced by all 14 registered companies in the market.

The BSTI on Tuesday submitted the reports of three laboratories-- Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research Bangladesh (icddr,b), and the Feed and Food Safety Laboratory of the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute. 

Only the Institute of Public Health (IPH) report is yet to be submitted.

The High Court bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir set Wednesday for a hearing on the reports.

Barrister Sarkar MR Hassan represented the BSTI, Supreme Court lawyer Tanveer Ahmed, was the writ petitioner, and Barrister Anik R Haque stood for the petition.

On July 14, the same High Court bench directed the BSTI to test pasteurized milk at the four mentioned laboratories and submit their reports separately on July 23.

The labs were ordered to test for total bacterial count, coliform, staphylococcus-sp, acidity, formalin, detergent, and antibiotics in the milk samples. 

The High Court on July 14 also wanted to know what steps BSTI had taken following the two reports prepared by Dhaka University researchers.

In the report, a group of researchers led by Professor ABM Faroque, former director of the Biomedical Research Centre, claimed that antibiotics, detergent, coliform bacteria, and other matter hazardous to health were found in pasteurized milk products sold in the market.  

In a press release on July 13, the Biomedical Research Centre said they had found antibiotics in dairy products in their latest research. The centre had published its first report on pasteurized milk on June 25.

On May 17 last year, several media outlets published articles based on the iccdr,b report, "75% of pasteurized milk is not safe."  It came to the High Court's attention and the court ordered a writ to be filed on the issue.

Supreme Court lawyer Tanveer Ahmed filed the writ petition.