Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) has taken a decision to form a 10-member committee for re-test the presence of heavy metal (lead) in imported milk powder.
The members of the committee will re-test the samples of all the milk powder brands from acceptable and credible laboratories at home and abroad, BFSA Chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque said.
He said it may take two months to get the re-test report. However, although no new decision has been taken about the milk powder already available in the market, the existing ban which is already in place will continue.
The decision was taken in a meeting with the importers of milk powder at BFSA office in Dhaka on Monday.
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Earlier the BSFA authorities found high concentration of lead in imported milk powder and they slapped a ban on the marketing of the item stockpiled in godowns and waiting release at ports.
Mahfuzul Hoque said the authorities took the decision communicated as the importer demanded re-test of the samples and they will take further decision in this regard after getting re-test report.
The committee will be comprising two members from BFSA, a representative from The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, two representatives from the laboratories where first test had been done earlier and 4/5 representatives from the importers, said the BSFA chairman.
The heavy metal (lead) in the milk powder is a big threat to human body, especially that of children.