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Stop poisoning milk

Stop poisoning milk

An alarming revelation by the National Food Safety Lab, NFSL, states that most milk, both from the dairy farms and the packaged ones, are laced with deadly chemicals, pesticides and lead. Reportedly, 96 samples from dairy farms were inspected and harmful elements found.  The worry compounds because in urban culture, the common perception held by many is that milk bought straight from dairy farms is pure and can be consumed without fear.

Unfortunately, it now appears that several highly toxic items are added to milk and also to cow fodder. Obviously, if animal feed is contaminated then the milk produced by the cows will also have traces of dangerous items. The High Court of Bangladesh has directed the authorities concerned of the government to conduct a survey to determine how much raw cow milk and curd supplied across the country are mixed with lead, antibiotic and bacteria, which are harmful for human health.

  While state of the art dairy farms are in operation, the animal feed is often not monitored, which leads unscrupulous people to use tannery waste to make the food. As things currently stand, the first step should be to instruct all milk and dairy producing companies to immediately enforce a strict safety guideline at all their farms. The long term implication of the revelation is that the local brands that produce milk and other milk based items, are also exported to the middle-east and other countries with large Bangladeshi worker presence, and unless they swiftly include safety measures, may see their items fall under a safety embargo. In the meantime, there has to be a complete withdrawal of packaged items which have been found to contain toxic materials in them.

The WHO experts have said that consumption of contaminated milk may trigger cancer and other health complications and the worry compounds because millions of children are fed locally produced milk. Since the National Food Safety Lab has carried out a research on milk, it should also perform similar tests on a wide variety of packaged fast food, ranging from butter buns to cakes to biscuits. These items have become immensely popular among students plus working professionals and are also exported to countries with large Bangladeshi labour presence. Products found to be safe should be given approval while the ones with faults need to be taken off the shelves.  

  As a first step, relevant government bodies carry out regular inspections  must instruct all dairy farms to open up to immediate inspection.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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