Licences of 2 more food factories cancelled, 25 suspended

Dhaka, May 16 – The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) on Thursday cancelled licences of two more factory units for their substandard chilly power and vermicelli, and suspended licences of 25 more factory units for marketing their substandard products pushing the consumers towards health hazards.
Earlier on Wednesday, the BSTI cancelled licences of seven factory units’ suspended licences of 18 other factory units for their substandard products.
With this, the BSTI cancelled licences of nine factory units and 43 factory units in the last two days from out of the 52 factory units after testing watchdog show caused them for their substandard products in the markets.
The BSTI yesterday cancelled the licences of SM Consumbers Products, Chattagram for its substandard chilly power with branding name of ‘Pure Hathazari’ and Kiron Traders of Naogaon for is substandard vermicelli with branding name of “Kiron.”
The licences of those factory units were cancelled for their substandard products are Baghabari Special Ghee Company (Goran, Dhaka) for its Baghabari Special Ghee, Nishita Foods (Khadimnagar, Sylhet) for its Nishita suji, Manjil Foods and Products (Gotatikor, Sylhet) for Manjil turmeric power, Green Lands Milk Products (Daulatpur, Khulna) for Green Lands Honey, Shun Food (Kustia) for Shaun turmeric powder, Madhumoti Salt Industries (Fultala, Khulna) for Modhumoti Iodized salt, Jeddhah Food Products (Jhalakathi) for its Jeddha vermicelli, Noor Salt Industries (Jhalakathi) for its Noor Special Iodized salt, Amrito Food Products (Babuganj, Barishal) for Amrito vermicelli, New Jhalakathi Salt Industries, Quality Salt Industries, Lucky Salt Industries, Taj Salt Industries and Taj Salt Industries (all in Jalakathi) for their own branded of salts.
Besides, licences of two factory units of Kashem Traders (Motihar, Rajshahi) were cancelled for its chilly power and turmeric power while the licences of Amirul Traders (Motihar, Rajshahi) was cancelled for its Sun branded chilly power, Modhuful and Products (Gotatikor, Sylhet) for its Modhuful vermicelli, Mithai Sweets and Bakery (Jalalabad, Chattagram) for its Mithai vermicelli, KR Food Industries Sitakunda, Chattagram) for its King Flower, Well Food and Beverage Company (Sholoshahor, Chattagram) Well Food, Rupsha Food Products (Eidgah, Chattagram) for its Rupsha fermented milk, Imtiaz Bred and Food Products (Asadganj, Chattagram) for Mehedi Biscuit, Misti Mela Food Products (Firingibazar, Chattagram) for its Misti Mela vermicelli, Taiyeba Food Products (Brahmanbaria) for its Mekkah chanachur and Modhuban Bred and Buiscuit Industries Private Limited (Panchlaish, Chattagram) for its Modhuban vermicelli.
The BSTI, in an office order signed by its director (CM) M Ishaq Ali, came up with the action for their failure to come up with replies to the show-cause notices served on them earlier.
It also asked the companies concerned to recall their products from market within 48 hours, refrain from further marketing and advertisements and urged customers to refrain from buying those errant products.
Deputy director of the BSTI Reazul Haque, said the licences of those factory unites were cancelled as they didn’t conduct “any sort of communication with them. These companies would have to re-apply to get BSTI certification for those products, he said.
Those licences were suspended of the factory units upon their request to the BSTI to re-examine their products from a batch other than the sample batch on which BSTI conducted its tests.
He however warned if their products found substandard during further examining their licences would be cancelled without sending them any show cause.
Earlier, the BSTI collected sample of some 406 products of different companies randomly from open markets ahead of the month of Ramadhan.
Of them it has already received report on 313 of the products of which it identified 52 products that failed to fulfilled the due parameter meaning that they are substandard. – Staff Reporter