Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution or BSTI has cancelled licenses of seven food companies that featured on a list of 52 products identified as substandard.
It has also suspended permission for production of 18 other brands, according to a media release issued on Wednesday.
The seven companies that lost licenses are:
Al Shafi, Shahari and Brothers (Narjan Drinking Water)
Morn Dew Pure Drinking Water
RR Dew Drinking Water
Shanta Food Products of Keraniganj (Tasty, Tani and Taskia)
Zahangir Food Products of Kamrangirchar (Priya Soft Drink Powder)
Bonolota Sweets and Bakery of Mirpur.
The BSTI suspended production of:
Teer (City Oil Mill of Gazipur)
GB (Green Blessings Oil of Narayanganj)
Pusti (Shabnam Vegetable Oil of Narayanganj)
Rupchanda (Bangladesh Edible Oil of Narayanganj)
ARRA (ARRA Food and Beverage)
Duncan (Duncan Products)
Dighi (Dighi Drinking Water)
Pran Lachcha Vermicelli (Pran Agro Limited)
Powdered turmeric: Danish, Pran, Fresh
Curry powder: Pran, Danish
Salt: ACI, Molla
Powdered coriander: ACI Pure
Doodles of New Zealand Dairy
Chips: Sun (Quasem Food)
The BSTI asked the producers of these 18 items to recall these from the market, stop production, marketing and retail sale until licences of these products are cleared after improvement of standard.
Storing and commercial advertisement of these products have also been prohibited.
BSTI on May 13 said it had identified 52 substandard food products under 52 brands of 18 companies.
It had served the firms with notices to explain the standard of their products.
The institution had covertly collected 406 samples of 27 types of products which are commonly used in preparing food items for Sahri and Iftar.
Its Deputy Director for Certification Marks Riazul Haque told newsmen on Wednesday that the licenses were cancelled or suspended as the firms did not respond within the stipulated time.
The High Court has already banned the 52 products barring the production of the impugned items until the BSTI standards are met and ordered that the products be removed from stores and destroyed immediately.
Earlier, High Court banned the sales of 52 types of food products from several leading consumer brands which were identified as substandard by the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution.
The court barred the production of the impugned items until the BSTI standards are met and ordered that the products be removed from stores and destroyed immediately.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the order on Sunday after hearing a petition based on the BSTI report published by the commerce ministry.
The Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and Directorate of National Consumers’ Right Protection have been given 10 days to implement the order and report back to the court.
The next hearing of the petition is scheduled for May 23.
BSTI identified 18 substandard food products of 52 brands, including popular edible oil of Teer, Rupchanda, and Pusti.
The popular ACI and Molla brands are among salts with adulterated iodine, a BSTI report found.
BSTI released the list of the products at a news conference in Dhaka on May 3 after testing consumer products ahead of Ramadan.
The institution covertly collected 406 samples of 27 types of products which are commonly used in preparing food items for Sahri and Iftar, the BSTI said in a statement.
The companies that own the brands of the substandard products have already been served notices for explanation and measures will be taken against them shortly, it said.