Pasteurized milks including not hazardous: BARC

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Dhaka, July 31: There were no heavy metals, antibiotics or sulfa drugs found in the pasteurized milks which are produced locally including Milk Vita that put health in risk, said Nutrition Department of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) on Wednesday.BARC briefed at a press conference at Bangladesh Secretariat held to disclose results of an analysis over an allegation to have the harmful components in pasteurized milks.

An analysis was presented by Dr Mohammad Monirul Islam, Director of BARC’s Nutrition Department at the conferenced headed by Agriculture Minister Mohammad Abdur Razzak.

Monirul Islam said, some 16 samples of liquid pasteurized milks were sent to a laboratory in Chennai of India to test after a controversy raised over allegedly having existence of antibiotics.

Disclosing the test results, he said, some 16 samples of liquid pasteurized milks were sent to a laboratory in Chennai of India to test after a controversy raised over allegedly having existence of antibiotics and heavy metals.

He said no heavy metals and sulfa drugs were found in pasteurized and non- pasteurized milks. There is no health risk to the milks produced in the country.

There is no concern on having milks, he added.

BARC has tested the milks of these companies –Milk Vita, Aarong, Farm Fresh, Igloo, RD, Savar Dairy and Pran.

“There is no health risk to intake locally produced liquid pasteurized milks of seven brands as per test result. We have tested the samples from SGS, which is reliable and acceptable across the globe,” Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzak said.