The government body has suspended the licence of 18 other products
The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has revoked the Certification Marks (CM) licence of seven food products out of the 52 that they have identified as substandard.
They also suspended the licence of 18 other products for the same reason.
The government regulatory body issued a press statement with the announcement, signed by CM Director SM Ishaq Ali, on Wednesday.
The High Court recently ordered the 52 products, found to be of substandard quality in a test conducted by the BSTI, to be recalled from the market.
According to the statement, producers, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers are prohibited from producing, distributing, preserving and promoting these products until they meet the BSTI standards.
It also instructed the production companies to recall the substandard products from the market within 48 hours after receiving a notice.
None of the brands that have lost their CM licences are well-known, but some of the suspended brands are.
In his statement, the BSTI CM director said the government agency tested 406 samples collected from the market, 52 of which were found to be of poor quality.
“We served these brands with a notice to show cause. After they failed to do that, their licenceswere revoked or suspended,” he said.
Action will be taken against 27 other brands if they do not respond to the BSTI notice on time.
The brands whose licences have been revoked are: Al Shafi drinking water, Shahari and Brothers (drinking water), Morn Dew pure drinking water, RR Dew purified drinking water, Shanta food products, Jahangir food products, and Bonolata Sweets and Bakery.
The suspended brands are: Teer Oil, Rupchanda Oil, Pusti Oil, GB Oil, ACI salt, Molla salt, Doodlesnoodles, ACI Pure coriander powder, Sun chips, Danish turmeric powder, Pran turmeric powder, Fresh turmeric powder, Danish curry powder, Pran curry powder, Pran lachchha vermicelli, Dighi drinking water, ARRA drinking water and Duncan natural mineral water.