Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

SC vacates ban on Milk Vita Pasteurized milk

Dhaka, July 29 (BAN/ AD): On Sunday HC ordered 14 registered companies to stop production, distribution and selling of their pasteurized milk. Milk vita has been exempted from the ban on production, distribution and sale of pasteurized milk. The Chamber Judge of Appellate Division lifted the ban on Milk Vita for eight weeks.

The order was passed by Chamber Judge Justice Md Nuruzzaman. The High Court on Sunday ordered 14 registered companies — including Milk Vita, Pran and Aarong — to stop production, distribution and selling of their pasteurized milk across Bangladesh for five weeks.

On July 23, the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) submitted reports of three laboratories — Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), and the Feed and Food Safety Laboratory of the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute.

Milk samples were tested for total bacterial count, coliform, staphylococcus-sp, acidity, formalin, detergent, and antibiotics. After the two reports prepared by a group of Dhaka University researchers High Court on July 14 wanted to know what steps the BSTI had taken.

Biomedical Research Centre said they had found antibiotics in dairy products in their latest research in a press release issued on July 13. There have various media reports that stated 75% of pasteurized milk was not safe. Supreme Court lawyer Tanveer Ahmed had filed the writ petition on order of HC.

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