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Antibiotics, detergent, formalin found in milk

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Health Desk-26 June, 2019: Researchers have found presence of antibiotics, formalin and detergent in milk and some other food products, which are very dangerous for human health.

Professor ABM Faruque, director of the Biomedical Research Centre, unveiled the findings at a press conference at Dhaka University on Tuesday.

Dhaka University’s Pharmacy Faculty and Biomedical Research Centre jointly conducted a test on different food items.

“We’ve tested pasteurized and non-pasteurized raw milk produced by five companies and found detergent and antibiotics in them,” Prof Faruque said.

Researchers have detected detergent in pasteurized milk produced by five companies — Pran, Milk Vita, Igloo, Aarong and Farm Fresh.

From local markets, they collected eight food items — ghee, fruit drinks, chili powder, turmeric powder, palm’s oil, mustard oil, soybean oil and liquid milk – to carry out test in laboratories.

They then evaluated their quality by measuring different parameters comparing with Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) standard requirements.

In their laboratory test, researchers have found antibiotics, formalin and detergent in the milk samples.

They, however, warned that the rampant use of antibiotics in food products can cause fatal consequences for human health.