Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun yesterday asked the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) to undertake a “zero tolerance” policy to ensure the standard of products.
“The BSTI has to take a no-compromise stance to prevent any sort of irregularity regarding quality of goods and their weights,” he told a discussion at the BSTI marking World Metrology Day 2019, says a press release.
The call comes a couple of days after the national standardisation agency cancelled licences of nine food items and suspended permission for making 43 food products as the companies failed to comply with standards.
The companies will get back their production licences if they can prove their ability to maintain the standards, one of the BSTI officials said earlier.
The BSTI recently collected 406 samples of food items from the market from across the country and tested those at its laboratory. It found 52 food items to be of substandard and sought explanations from the companies.
Humayun said the recent activities by the BSTI were laudable. “The BSTI has to work staying above all sorts of fear, temptation and self-interest,” he said.
State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Mojumder, Industries Secretary Md Abdul Halim and BSTI Director General Md Muazzem Hossain also spoke.