The High Court asked the BSTI to immediately remove 52 food items of various brands that failed quality tests
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) withdrew a ban on three food items after retesting the samples.
The items are: ACI salt, Doodles noodles of New Zealand Dairy, and Pran’s turmeric powder.
BSTI Deputy Director Riazul Haque yesterday said that initially the licences of 52 products were suspended and issued show-cause notices by the court, reports the UNB.
He said: "We received responses from 43 products, who claimed to have improved their standards.”
“ACI salt, Doodles noodles of New Zealand Dairy, and Pran’s turmeric powder later passed the standards test," he said, adding that the licences of nine others were cancelled.
On May 12, the High Court asked the BSTI to immediately remove 52 food items of various brands that failed quality tests.
BSTI report and the petition
The BSTI released their report on May 2 which found 52 food items to be substandard and/or adulterated, out of 406 food items in the 27 categories it tested.
The products included: Duncan Natural Drinking Water, ACI Coriander Powder, Danish Turmeric Powder, Pran Turmeric Powder, Pran Curry Powder, Madhuban Lacchii Shemai, Baghabari Special Ghee, Mollah Iodine Salt, Rupchanda Sesame Oil (Bangladesh Edible Oil), Well Food Lacchi Shemai, Madina Iodine Salt, Dada Super Iodine Salt, Sun Food Turmeric Powder, Teer Sesame Oil, Pushti Sesame Oil, Fresh Turmeric Powder, Mithai Lacchi Shemai, Mizan Drinking Water, and more.
Various online and print media outlets ran reports that day and the next day, prompting CCS to send a legal notice to secretaries of the food, industries and commerce ministries, the DGs of BSTI and DNCRP, and the chairman of BFSA, on May 6.
The citizen rights organization urged them to take the necessary action to have these products recalled within 24 hours.
However, no action was taken. The authorities failed to take any legal steps against the companies responsible for manufacturing the substandard products.
On May 9, after CCS filed the petition, the High Court expressed its dissatisfaction and summoned BSTI and BFSA officials to explain why they had failed to withdraw the products.