HC orders removal of 52 substandard food products from market

Publish: 4:45 PM, May 12, 2019 | Update: 4:45:PM, May 12, 2019

DHAKA,   – The High Court (HC) today ordered authorities concerned to remove 52 food products, proven to be substandard in the test conducted by Bangladesh Standard Testing Institution (BSTI), from markets across the country.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order after holding hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.

Barrister Shihab Uddin Khan filed the writ on behalf of Conscious Consumer Society (CCS) on May 9 as its legal notice sent on May 6 to the concerned authorities went unheard.

The court in its order today asked BSTI, Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) and Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection to conduct joint raids against regarding this and destroy the products after seizing those from the markets. The three organisations have also been asked to submit reports on progress within 10 days.

Earlier in the day, BSTI Director Engineer SM Ishak Ali and BFSA Director Dr Sahdeb Chandra Saha appeared before the court to explain their positions regarding the substandard products.

During the hearing, the court urged prime minister to declare war against food adulteration and to declare ‘state of emergency’ if necessary.