BAU forms taskforce to check adulteration of milk
10:01 PM, July 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:04 PM, July 19, 2019

BAU forms taskforce to check adulteration of milk

The authorities of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) today formed a taskforce to drive out fear from the people about the standard of milk and milk products available in the country.

The seven-member body was formed to collect samples of milk from different daily farms of the country and to test its standard at BAU laboratory, said Prof Dr Md Harun-or-Rashid, head of Dairy Science Department of the university’s Faculty of Animal Husbandry.

The taskforce will examine the standard of milk and milk products through research and publish the findings of the research, Dr Harun, also chairman of the taskforce, told our Mymensingh correspondent.  

The university focusses on agricultural aspects and so we have an obligation to come forward when dairy milk has become an issue of concern on whether it is safe for us, he also said.

Being directed by BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Lutful Hassan, the taskforce was formed and it will start work from Sunday, said Dr Mohammad Ashiqul Islam, a teacher of the Department of Dairy Science and member secretary of the taskforce.

Like other people, we are also worried about recent reports on dairy milk and we want all types of food free of any sort of adulteration for a healthy nation, said BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Lutful Hassan.

The other members of the taskforce are: Prof Dr Md Nurul Islam of Dairy Science department, Director of BAU Research System Prof Dr MAM Yahia Khandaker, Prof Dr SM Lutful Kabir of Microbiology and Hygiene department, Prof Dr Razia Sultana of Agri-Chemistry department, and Prof Dr Kazi Rafiqul Islam of Pharmacology department.

“The pragmatic initiative of the BAU authority to conduct analysis and to find out whether there is any type of adulteration including presence of antibiotics in dairy milk and milk products will help the nation,” said Prof Dr Mohammad Al-Mamun of Animal Nutrition department.

“Use of growth promoters, antibiotics and anti-microbial substance is banned in the country but vested quarters still use these illegally,” Dr Mamun added.   

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