The High Court (HC) today directed the authorities concerned to take initiatives so that no antibiotic is given to cows without prescriptions from veterinary doctors.
The court passed the order in response to an argument placed by Barrister Sarker MR Hassan, a lawyer of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), while hearing a suo moto (voluntary) rule.
He told the court that cow milk contains antibiotics if those are fed or pushed into the cows.
The court also directed the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) to submit a report before this court by July 28 on what action it has taken against adulteration of milk, curd and cattle feed.
The HC also issued a rule asking the registered milk and curd producing companies to explain why they should not be directed to contribute from their corporate social responsibility fund to conduct laboratory tests on their milk and curd.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam fixed July 28 for further hearing on this issue.
The suo moto rule was issued by this court on February 11 following reports on adulteration published in The Daily Star, the Prothom Alo and the Kaler Kantha on February 10.
According to The Daily Star report, a government study has found in raw cow milk excessive levels of lead, regular consumption of which is harmful to the human health.
Conducted by the National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the study also detected high levels of chromium in cow feed.
Besides, it found excessive presence of pesticide, antibiotics and bacteria in raw cow milk.