DHAKA, Feb 11, 2019 (BSS) – The High Court (HC) today ordered
authorities concerned to conduct a survey to determine the level of bacteria,
insecticide and lead in cow milk, curd and cow fodder across the country.
A High Court division bench comprising Justice Md. Nazrul Islam Talukder
and Justice K. M. Hafizul Alam passed the order acting suo moto.
The court asked food, fisheries and livestock, agriculture and cabinet
secretaries, chairman and all the members of Bangladesh Food Safety
Authority, Central Food Safety Management Coordination Committee and chairman
of BSTI to submit the survey report before it by next 15 days.
The court also issued a rule, asking the officials to reply in four
weeks as to why the court shall not declare illegal their ‘inaction’ in
preventing the contamination in milk-made food. It also asked why the court
shall not pass order, awarding maximum sentence to the culprits.
The High Court set March 3 for further hearing in this regard.
The court in its observation said food contamination is a huge
corruption, which is damaging people’s kidney, liver and even causing
diseases like cancer.