Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) cancelled licences of seven food companies manufacturing products unfit for human consumption and banned by the High Court, which listed 52 items. for being spurious.
BSTI suspended the permission for production of 18 other brands, according to a media release issued on Wednesday.The seven companies which lost their production licences are: Al Shafi Drinking Water, Narjan Drinking Water, Morn Dew Pure Drinking Water, RR Dew Drinking Water, Shanta Food Products of Keraniganj, Zahangir Food Products of Kamrangirchar, and Bonolota Sweets and Bakery of Mirpur.
Meanwhile, the BSTI suspended production of mustard oil brand Teer of City Oil Mill of Gazipur, GB of Green Blessings Oil of Narayanganj, Pusti of Shabnam Vegetable Oil of Narayanganj and Rupchanda of Bangladesh Edible Oil of Narayanganj.
IPropduction of Ara Drinking Water of Ara Food and Beverage Limited, Duncan Natural Mineral Water of Duncan Products Ltd, Dighee Drinking Water of Dighee Drinking Ltd, Pran Lachchha Seemai (vermicelli) of Pran Agro Ltd, Danish Holuder Gura (turmeric powder) of Danish Food Limited, Pran and Danish curry powders, ACI and Molla iodine salts, ACI pure coriander powder, Dudli Noodles of New Zealand Dairy Products BD Ltd, Sun Chips of Kashem Food Products Ltd,
The companies will have to withdraw these items within 48 hours and stop production and sale of these products until or unless qualities of these items are improved.
On May 12, the High Court banned production and sale of 52 sub-standard food products found to be injurious to human health.
A division bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al Jalil passed the order, following a public interest litigation (PIL) writ.Conscious Consumers Society (CCS), an organisation working to protect consumers’ rights, filed the writ with the HC on May 9.
A national daily published a report on May 2 with headline “Popular products of 52 companies found substandard.”
The report was based on findings of BSTI which conducted test on food samples and found 52 items spurious.
BSTI came up with list of the products at a press conference in Dhaka on May 3 after testing consumer products ahead of Ramadan.