Lead in 11 BSTI approved companies’ pasteurized milk

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) in a report on Tuesday said it had found traces of lead in samples of pasteurized milk marketed by 11 out of total 14 companies approved by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), reports BSS. The facilitating agency further said it has also found presence of cadmium in the samples of raw milk being sold in market. The 11 companies are Milk Vita, Dairy Fresh, Igloo, Farm Fresh, Aftab Milk, Ultra Milk, Arong Dairy, Pran Milk, Ayran, Pura and Safe Milk.

BFSA lawyer Faridul Islam submitted the report before a High Court division bench comprising Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam.
The court after that banned selling or applying any cattle antibiotic without prescription of a veterinarian. The High Court then ordered BFSA to submit a report by July 28 on action taken against adulteration of milk, curd and cattle feed.

The High Court also issued a rule asking BSTI registered milk and curd producing companies to explain as to why they shall not be directed to raise a fund to conduct laboratory test and research on its products.