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Detergent, antibiotics found in milk

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Staff Reporter :
Researchers have found traces of detergent in pasteurised milk produced by five companies.
Amid the ongoing drive against adulteration of food items by the government agencies, a Dhaka University research team in their research findings has found traces of detergent in pasteurised milk produced by five companies.
Pharmacy Faculty and Biomedical Research Centre of the university jointly tested the samples and unveiled their report at a press conference at Pharmacy Lecture Theatre in Dhaka University on Tuesday.
They have found traces of detergent in pasteurised milk produced by these five companies in Bangladesh. The companies are Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong, and Farm Fresh.
 "We tested pasteurised and non-pasteurised raw milk produced by these companies and found detergent and antibiotics in them," said Professor ABM Faruque, Director of the Biomedical Research Centre.
He said, "The traces of antibiotics that we found were meant  for human use. Antibiotics for humans and animals are totally different. We need to stop the use of antibiotics meant for humans on animals."
The university's Biochemical Research Centre and Pharmacy Faculty also jointly conducted the study randomly collecting samples of the available brands and unbranded products of ghee, fruit drinks, pepper powder, turmeric power, palm oil, mustard oil, soybean oil, and pasteurised and unpasteurised milk, he said. Faroque, also the team leader of the nine-member research team of the centre and the faculty, said, they collected samples between August 2018 and February 2019 and tested those following BSTI set standards. "The samples we tested were substandard. But, it does not mean that all the products of those brands are substandard and harmful for health," he said.
Researchers also found antibiotic meant for humans in the milk samples, leading to conclusions that it was administered on the cows.
He warned that the rampant use of antibiotics meant for humans on animals can have fatal consequences on human beings. Pharmacy faculty Dean Abdur Rahman, researcher Firoz Ahmed and Raihan Sarker were also present at the press conference.

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