Despite the High Court’s order to withdraw 52 products, the banned items were sold in the market. The Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute, BSTI, found several edible items in the markets to be sub-standard and based on the findings, a high court bench ordered for these to be taken off the market. However, some companies demand that the quality of the items in question has been ensured in their own laboratories.
Several organisations have given a letter to BSTI asking to re-evaluate the products.
ACI says that a single batch of one of its products had problems which has been taken off the shelves.
Traders say that many items are in the market though some are being taken off by the companies. Only ACI gave letters to traders, saying that in the one batch of salt, the amount of Ph was more than usual and that has been taken off.
Media manager of Pran, KM Ziaul Huq, said: “after getting high court order, we gave a letter to BSTI, asking for re-evaluation.”
Other items withdrawn are mustard oil from Teer and Pusti. A trader in Karwan bazaar, says: “after high court bans, we are not storing these items; along with the mustard oil, turmeric powder from Danish is also being withdrawn.”
Some of the banned items, including Pran turmeric powder, curry powder, Molla salt, Danish salt, turmeric powder are still being sold at Mohakhali and Banani as traders said that salespeople have not come to collect the banned products as yet.
A picture from this story of food items banned by the High Court on a grocery shop shelf has been removed, which mistakenly showed bottles of concentrated squash brand Rooh Afza, which is not included in the list of the 52 food items ordered to be recalled from the market.