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Sun, May 12, 2019 3:03

Withdraw 52 substandard products from market: HC

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The court also asked officials concern to cut off the supply of the products

The High Court has ordered authorities concerned to withdraw and cut the supply of 52 products from market, which was found to be substandard in a BSTI testing.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-al-Jalil passed the order on Sunday, after hearing a writ petition filed seeking withdrawal of the products.

The court asked Bangladesh Standard Testing Institution (BSTI), Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), and Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) to take immediate action regarding the matter and submit a report with May 23.

It also asked BSTI, BSFA, and DNCRP to ensure food safety and proper standard of the products existing in the market.

The BSTI unveiled a report on the substandard products on May 2. The next day, several media outlets published the report.

Following the matter, the High Court summoned officials from BSTI and BFSA to explain why they failed to withdraw or seize the products.

Later, Conscious Consumer Society (CCS) filed a writ petition with the court, seeking withdrawal of the 52 substandard products.

Barrister Shihab Uddin Khan, who had filed the writ on behalf of CCS, said: "The court has ordered the officials concerned to take stern action immediately.

"According to the court’s directives, all the 52 products have to be withdrawn from the market and supply of these products also to be cut off right away."

The court further stated that unless necessary standards are met, these products will not be allowed to exist in the market. 

The 52 substandard food products include Teer Sarishar (Mustard) Tel (Oil) of City Oil Mill (Konapara, Gazipur); GB Sarishar Tel of Green Blessings Vegetables Oil Industries Limited (Rupganj, Narayanganj); Pusti Mustard Oil of Shabnam Vegetables Oil Industries Limited (Rupganj, Narayanganj); Rupchanda Mustard Oil of Bangladesh Edible Oil Limited (Rupganj, Narayanganj); Sun Chips of Kashem Food Products Limited (Konapara, Gazipur); Ara Drinking Water of Arra Food and Beverage Limited (Uttara, Dhaka); Al Safi Drinking Water of Al Safi Drinking Water (Chiriakhana Road, Mirpur, Dhaka); Mizan Drinking Water of Shahari and Brothers (15/3-1, Purba Rampura, Dhaka); Morn Dew Drinking Water of Morn Dew Pure Drinking Water (Section 11, Mirpur, Dhaka); Duncan Natural Mineral Water of Duncan Products Limited (20, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka); RR View Drinking Water of RR View Purified Drinking Water (151/1, Purba Sheorapara, Kafrul, Dhaka); Dighee Drinking Water of Dighee Drinking Water (Topkhana Road, Dhaka); Pran Lachchha Seemai (vermicelli) of Pran Agro Limited (Sapura, Rajshahi); Dudli Noodles of New Zealand Dairy Products BD Limited (Rupganj, Narayanganj); Testy, Tani, Taskia Soft Drink Powder of Shanta Products (Keraniganj, Dhaka); Priya Soft Drink Powder of Jahangir Food Products (Kamrangirchar, Dhaka); Danish Holuder Gura of Danish Food Limited (Kanchpur, Narayanganj); Pran Holuder Gura of Pran Agro Limited (Natore); Fresh Holuder Gura of Tanvir Food Limited (Megnaghat, Sonargaon, Narayanganj); ACI Pure Dhaniar Gura of ACI Food Limited (Sirajganj); Pran Curry Powder of Pran Agro Limited (Natore); Danish Curry Powder of Danish Food Limited (Kanchpur, Narayanganj); Banolata Ghee of Banolata Sweets and Bakery (Mirpur, Dhaka); Pure Hathazari Maricher Gura of SS Consumer Products (Chattogram); Mistimela Lachchha Seemai of Mistimela Food Products (Firingibazar, Chattogram); Madhuban Lachchha Seemai of Madhuban Bread and Biscuits Industries Private Limited (Panchlaish, Chattogram); Mithai Lachchha Seemai of Mithai Sweets and Bakery (Jalalbad, Chattogram); Oil Food Lachchha Seemai of Oil Food and Beverage Company (Aturardepo, Sholoshohor, Chattogram); ACI Aydinjukta Laban of ACI Salt Limited (Rupganj, Narayanganj); Mollah Solt Aydinjukta Laban of Mollah Salt Industries (Char Syedpur, Narayanganj); King Maida of KR Food Industries Limited (Sitakunda, Chattogram); Rupsha Fermented Milk (Dai) of Rupsha Food Products (Eidgah, Chattogram); Makka Chanachur of Tayeba Food Products (Sadar, B-Baria); Mehedi Biscuit of Imtiaz Bread and Food Products (399, Asodganj Chattogram); Baghabari Special Ghee of Baghabari Special Ghee Company (380/B, Dakkhin Goran, Dhaka); Suji of M/S Nishita Foods (BSCIC Shilpanagari, Khadimnagar, Sylhet); Lachchha Seemai of M/S Madhuban and Products (BSCIC Shilpanagari, Gotatikar, Sylhet); Holuder Gura of M/S Manzil Food and Products (BSCIC Shilpanagari, Gotatikar, Sylhet); Madhumoti Aydinjukta Laban of Madhumoti Salt Industries (Phultala, Khulna); Sun Holuder Gura of Sun Food (Kushtia); Greenlane Madhu of Greenlane Milk Product (Daulatpur, Khulna), Kiran Lachchha Seemai of M/S Kiran Products (Naogaon); Dolphin Maricher Gura and Dolphin Holuder Gura of M/S Abbas Ali Mudi Dokan (Saheb Bazar, Rajshahi); Surya Maricher Gura of M/S Rakib Store (Saheb Bazar, Rajshahi); Jedda Lachchha Seemai of M/S Jedda Food Industries (Katpatti, Sadar, Jhalakathi); Amrita Lachchha Seemai of M/S Amrita Food Products (Amritanagar, Pangsha, Babuganj, Barishal); Dada Supar Aydinjukta Laban of M/S New Jhalakathi Salt Mills (Araddarpara, Sadar, Jhalakathi); Tin Teer Aydinjukta Laban of M/S Quality Salt Industries (Fariapatti, Sadar, Jhalakathi); Madina, Star Ship Aydinjukta Laban of M/S Lucky Salt Industries (4, Manoharpatti, Sadar, Jhalakathi); Taj Aydinjukta Laban of M/S Taj Salt Industries (Station Road, Sadar, Jhalakathi) and Nur Special Aydinjukta Laban of M/S Nur Salt Industries (Faniapatti, Sadar, Jhalakathi), according to the writ petition.