Lead, pesticides in milk: HC orders survey
Hossen Sohel of DOT
The High Court yesterday directed the authorities concerned of the government to conduct a survey to determine how much raw cow milk and curd supplied across the country are mixed with lead, antibiotic and bacteria, which are harmful for human health, reports The Daily Star.
The concerned authorities will have to submit the report to the HC in 15 days.
The court came up with the order following news reports published in The Daily Star, Prothom Alo and Kalerkantho yesterday on adulteration of raw cow milk, curd and cow fodder.
The court issued a rule asking the respondents to explain in four weeks why their inaction to prevent adulteration of raw milk, curd and cow fodder should not be declared illegal.
In the rule, the court asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chairman to show cause why it should not be directed to take action against the persons responsible for this adulteration.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam came up with the order and rule on a suo moto (voluntary) move following the newspaper reports.
The court said food adulteration is a “corruption” but no appropriate action was taken against the responsible persons.
What was in the news reports?
The news reports were based on a government-commissioned study, revealed on Sunday, found that raw cow milk contains excessive levels of lead, regular consumption of which is harmful to human health.
Conducted by the National Food Safety Laboratory of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the study also detected high levels of chromium in cow feeds.
Besides, it found excessive presence of pesticide, antibiotic and bacteria in raw cow milk.