There is no formalin or arsenic in the milk of Milk Vita, State Minister for Rural Development and Co-operatives Division Shawpan Bhattacharjee said yesterday.
“No sign of formalin and arsenic has been detected in the liquid milk of Milk Vita,” he said at parliament while participating in a discussion on the proposed budget.
Referring to a recent test report of Dhaka University, he said “unscrupulous” businessmen are perpetuating a propaganda that there is arsenic and formalin in the liquid milk of Milk Vita.
He also claimed that imported milk powder is substandard and not nutritious.
“The milk powder that is being imported into our country is not nutritious. The milk powder is abandoned in Denmark and other European countries. Milk powder is being imported as bulk milk product -- giving only five percent tax,” he added.
The state minister said a nefarious effort against sale of Milk Vita continues. After realising this, the prime minister and finance minister have increased import duty on milk power from 5 to 10 percent, which he claimed was “a timely step”.
Bhattacharjee said they already went over the test report from BSTI, but formalin was not mentioned in it.
A test has already been carried out in Singapore, which termed the milk of Milk Vita “complete” as nothing harmful was found in it, said the state minister.
“I want to assure the nation through this parliament that the milk of Milk Vita is much better, more acceptable and nutritious than the imported milk powder,” he said.