Dhaka University’s pharmacy department has said that it would not take any responsibility of the research findings that claimed antibiotics and detergent were found in milk.
Three days after the research report was published, the pharmacy department yesterday issued a press statement claiming that the report was not done by the department, rather it was a personal research.
“The pharmacy department is not taking any responsibility of the research result published in the media, as the result was prepared based on personal research and the department has no involvement with it,” said the press statement signed by the department chairperson.
After completing a study that began in May last year, the DU pharmacy faculty and Biomedical Research Centre on Tuesday revealed that the researchers have found detergent and antibiotics in packaged milk available at kitchen markets and grocery shops.
The antibiotics include levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin and azithromycin that are used mainly to treat bacterial infections. Contacted, pharmacy department Chairperson Prof Sitesh Chandra Bachar said the job of DU researchers is to publish such research in different journals and not to disclose it through press conference.
“The study was conducted by some unskilled students and I think there might be other intention behind revealing such report,” he added.
Talking to The Daily Star, Prof ABM Faroque, director of the Biomedical Research Centre, said, “We never said that pharmacy department was involved with the study, rather some teachers of the Pharmacy faculty and Biomedical Research Centre conducted it. I do not understand why Prof Sitesh is so discontented over it.”
Following the report published in media, State Minister for Rural Development and Co-operatives Swapan Bhattacharjee on Thursday said in the parliament, “A Dhaka University report claimed to have found arsenic in Milk Vita’s milk. It is a lie.”