Health Desk- 17 July, 2019: The High Court has banned use of antibiotics for cattle without the prescription of veterinary physicians as both milk and meat of adulterated animals cause harm to human health.
The court has also banned sales of cattle fodders contaminated with antibiotics and other harmful agents.
A division bench comprising Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order on Tuesday, asking the government authorities concerned to execute it.
The court order came after Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) submitted a report to the HC claiming to have traced lead in 11 of 14 pasteurised milk brands approved by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI).
The 11 companies are Milk Vita, Dairy Fresh, Igloo, Farm Fresh, Aftab Milk, Ultra Milk, Aarong, Pran Milk, Ayron, Peura and Sef Brand.
The BFSA has also found the presence of cadmium in raw milk being sold in the market.
The HC subsequently ordered the food safety body to submit on July 28 a report as to what measures taken to check the adulteration of milk and livestock fodders.
Meanwhile, the court issued a rule, asking the BSTI and its licenced milk brands why the companies shall not fund laboratory testing and research on its products in public interest.