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BSTI finds no formalin in 265 seasonal fruit samples

  • Published at 11:15 pm June 11th, 2019
File photo of fruit outlets selling seasonal fruits in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

BSTI is to submit a full report to HC regarding their findings on June 18

Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) did not find any presence of formalin, a harmful chemical for human's, as the organization tested 265 seasonal fruits.

These fruits, including mangoes, were collected from different markets and shops across the country. 

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune BSTI lawyer Barrister Sarker MR Hassan said the report will be submitted on 18 June to the High Court (HC) bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader.

The testing organization collected 40 fruit samples during their mobile court drives, and concluded their findings saying that none of the tested samples had any formalin in them.

BSTI also conducted mobile lab tests at different markets and super markets in Dhaka's New Market, Malibagh, Motijheel, Jatrabari, Badda, Mohammadpur, and Mirpur areas along with different city, and district markets of Chittagong, Khulna, Barisal, Rajshahi, Sylhet, and Rangpur.

However, presence of carbide in mango was found which is used for artificially ripening the fruit in different warehouses across the country including Dhaka's Jatrabari area. 

In different drives, BSTI and Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) along with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), destroyed 600 maund of mangoes and fined the culprit fruit traders Tk30 lakh. 

The BSTI lawyer told Dhaka Tribune that BSTI is not subjected to test the presence of chemicals in fruits, fishes and meats although following the HC order and considering national interest, BSTI conducted such tests. 

In order to protect illegal use of chemicals in fruits including mangoes, BSTI regularly conducts mobile court , while other monitoring programs are also in effect. 

The product standard regulatory organization also informed that to detect and destroy fruits with carbide and formalin in them, BSTI as a helping body to different law enforcement agencies, have been working relentlessly to ensure that no adulterated products can enter the capital via the eight entry points.