Bangladesh court bans sale of 8 milk powder brands
Bangladesh's HC bans the sale and display of eight imported powdered milk brands and called for an inquiry into the Govt's handling of the melamine scare.world Updated: Oct 23, 2008 19:06 IST
Bangladesh's High Court on Thursday banned the sale and display of eight imported powdered milk brands and called for an inquiry into the government's handling of the melamine scare, an official said.
Deputy attorney general Zahurul Islam Mukul said a human rights organisation had petitioned the court after the government failed to ban products that tested positive for melamine.
"The High Court has ordered the government to stop selling and displaying the milk powder of eight brands until receiving further reports," he said.
"The government will also need to report back as to why it did not ban the brands."
The eight banned brands are Australian Diploma and Red Cow, Danish Dano Full Cream, Chinese Yashli-1, Yashli- 2 and Sweet Baby, and New Zealand's Nido Fortified Instant and Anlene.
The move comes a day after three UN agencies urged Bangladesh to act quickly to determine the extent of melamine contamination in products on sale here.
Growing numbers of countries have pulled mostly China-made milk products from shelves after tests found they were tainted with melamine, which is normally used to make plastics and fertilizers.
Contaminated powdered milk has caused the deaths of four children and sickened more than 53,000 others in China in a weeks-long scandal.
Melamine is believed to have been added to milk in China to give it the appearance of higher protein content.
Until now the Bangladeshi government had not banned retailers from selling the products but urged consumers to avoid buying them.
On Monday, a top government official said results showing melamine in some brands of imported powdered milk were "inconclusive and confusing."
Three major international dairy firms, Nestle, Arla -- which produces Dano products -- and New Zealand Dairy Products have challenged the results and say their products are safe.
The initial tests, carried out by Dhaka University's chemistry department, were contradicted by results from two other local labs, which found melamine in only one of the brands tested.