BSTI cancels licences of two more units

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Dhaka, May 17: The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) on Thursday cancelled the licences of two more factory units for their substandard chilli powder and vermicelli and suspended the licences of 25 others for marketing substandard products. On Wednesday, the BSTI cancelled licences of seven factory units, and suspended licences of 18 others for their substandard products.With this, the BSTI has cancelled licences of nine factory units and suspended licences of 43 in the last two days, out of the 52 factory units after the testing watchdog show-caused them for substandard products in the markets.

The BSTI yesterday cancelled the licences of SM Consumbers Products, Chattogram, for its substandard chilli powder under the brand name of “Pure Hathazari” and of Kiron Traders of Naogaon for its substandard vermicelli under the brand name of “Kiron”.

The factory units whose licences have been cancelled 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 brand of salt.

Also, the licences of two factory units of Kashem Traders (Motihar, Rajshahi) were cancelled for its chilli powder and turmeric powder, while the licences of Amirul Traders (Motihar, Rajshahi) was cancelled for its Sun brand chilli powder, Modhuful and Products (Gotatikor, Sylhet) for its Modhuful vermicelli, Mithai Sweets and Bakery (Jalalabad, Chattagram) for its Mithai vermicelli, KR Food Industries Sitakunda, Chattogram) for its King Flower, Well Food and Beverage Company (Sholoshahor, Chattogram) Well Food, Rupsha Food Products (Eidgah, Chattogram) for its Rupsha fermented milk, Imtiaz Bred and Food Products (Asadganj, Chattogram) for Mehedi Biscuit, Misti Mela Food Products (Firingibazar, Chattogram) for its Misti Mela vermicelli, Taiyeba Food Products (Brahmanbaria) for its Mekkah chanachur and Modhuban Bred and Buiscuit Industries Private Limited (Panchlaish, Chattogram) 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 show-cause notices served on them earlier. It also asked the companies concerned to recall their products from the market within 48 hours and refrain from further marketing and advertisements. It urged customers not to buy these products.

Deputy director of the BSTI, Reazul Haque, said the licences of the factory units were cancelled as they did not conduct “any sort of communication with them”. These companies would have to re-apply to get BSTI certification for those products. The licences of some factory units were not suspended on their request to the BSTI to re-examine their products from a batch other than the sample batch on which BSTI had conducted its tests. Haque, however, warned that if their products were found to be substandard during further tests, their licences would be cancelled without sending them any show-cause notice. Earlier, the BSTI collected samples of some 406 products of different companies randomly from the market, ahead of the month of Ramadhan. It has received reports on 313 of the products, of which it identified 52 that failed to fulfill the due parameters, meaning that they are substandard.