SC stays HC ban on Milk Vita for 8week

DHAKA, The Appellate Division Chamber Court today cleared way for producing, marketing, sale and consumption of Milk Vita pasteurized milk as it stayed for eight weeks a part of the High Court order that had banned pasteurized milk produced by 14 companies for the next five weeks.

Justice Md Nuruzzaman Appellate Division Chamber Judge Court passed the order, allowing a plea filed for Milk Vita against the July 28 High Court order.

But the ban will be in effect against pasteurized milk produced by other 13 companies, Milk Vita counsel Mohiuddin Md Hanif Forhad told newsmen.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam today stood for Milk Vita, brand of Bangladesh Milk Producers' Cooperative Union Limited.

The High Court on July 28 banned producing, marketing, selling and consumption of pasteurized milk produced by 14 companies approved by Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) as traces of harmful substances including lead were found in those.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir passed the order after scrutinising reports on testing milk samples in four different laboratories.

The High Court on July 14 ordered authorities concerned to test pasteurized milk samples in laboratories of National Food Safety Laboratory, laboratories of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), and Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute within a week to detect contamination, including presence of antibiotics.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)