Hearing on lab reports likely today
Staff Reporter :
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) on Tuesday submitted three separate laboratory reports to the High Court (HC) prepared on the pasteurized milk produced by all the 14 companies registered by the institution.
The reports were prepared by Bangladesh Council for Scientific and
Industrial Research (BCSIR), ICDDR,B, and Institute of Bangladesh Livestock and Research Institute (BLRI). The HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir fixed today (Wednesday) for hearing on the reports.
On July 14, the same HC bench directed the Bangladesh Standards Testing Institute to test the pasteurized milk produced by all the 14 companies registered by the institution at four laboratories in next seven days.
To comply with the HC order, the three institutions submitted separate reports yesterday. But another laboratory, Institute of Public Health (IPH), did not submit their report.
The laboratories were asked to test the milk to determine whether there is health hazardous substance like total bacterial count, coliform, staphylococcus, acidity, formalin, detergent and antibiotic in the pasteurized milk.
BSTI was asked collect the sample of pasteurized milk of the companies from the market in presence of representatives from the four laboratories, the High Court said in the order.
The court also directed the BSTI to submit the action plan about developing its standard to detect detergent and antibiotics in the pasteurized milk to this court within July 23.
The High Court bench passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Tanveer Ahmed in May last year.
Barrister Aneek R Haque appeared for the writ petitioner, while Barrister Sarker M R Hasan argued for the BSTI.
On that day, the HC bench wanted to know what steps BSTI had taken following two test reports on milk prepared by Dhaka University researchers.
In the report, a group of researchers led by Professor A B M Faroque, immediate past Director of the Biomedical Research Centre, claimed that antibiotics, detergent, coliform bacteria and other forms of hazardous materials were found in pasteurized milk products.
At a press release on July 13, the Biomedical Research Centre claimed they found the presence of antibiotics in dairy products in its fresh research.
The BSTI has been asked to inform the High Court how much time it would need to develop its laboratory and parameters to detect antibiotics in the milk.