The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) has revoked licenses of seven food companies that featured on a list of 52 products identified as substandard.
It has also suspended permission for production of 18 other brands, according to a media release issued on Wednesday (May 15).
The seven companies that lost licences are:
Al Shafi, Shahari And Brothers (Narjan Drinking Water), Morn Dew Pure Drinking Water, RR Dew Drinking Water ARRA (ARRA Food and Beverage), Duncan (Duncan Products)Dighi (Dighi Drinking Water)
Shanta Food Products of Keraniganj (Tasty, Tani and Taskia) Zahangir Food Products of Kamrangirchar (Priya Soft Drink Powder)
Teer (City Oil Mill of Gazipur), GB (Green Blessings Oil of Narayanganj), Pusti (Shabnam Vegetable Oil of Narayanganj), Rupchanda (Bangladesh Edible Oil of Narayanganj)
Danish, Pran, Fresh
Doodles of New Zealand Dairy
Sun (Quasem Food)
Bonolota Sweets and Bakery of Mirpur
The BSTI asked the producers of these 18 items to recall these from the market, stop production, marketing and retail sale until licences of these products are cleared after improvement of standard.
Storing and commercial advertisement of these products have also been prohibited.
BSTI on May 13 said it had identified 52 substandard food products under 52 brands of 18 companies.
It had served the firms with notices to explain the standard of their products.