There is no government fixed standard for energy drinks in the country, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu told parliament yesterday.
“The energy drink is not in the list of the government fixed 155 products, for which Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution certificates is mandatory,” he said replying to a lawmaker's starred question.
“The energy drink is not an item under soft drink categories,” said the minister.
Amu said after receiving complaints about the use of various highly addictive substances, including caffeine and opium, in energy drinks, the BSTI requested the Department of Narcotics Control to take measures to this end.
Responding to another starred question, he said all 15 state-run sugar mills except Carew & Co (BD) Ltd are unprofitable organisations.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told parliament that the government is taking steps to import gas and electricity from Myanmar. A high-level technical team from Myanmar will visit Bangladesh soon in this regard, he said.
He said there are 57 privately owned power plants in the country with generation capacity of 4,437 MW.