Published:  02:50 AM, 15 March 2019

'Why failure to ensure safe food not illegal'

The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why their failure to ensure safe food, including fish and meat, for the people should not be declared illegal.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil came up with the order and rule following a petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Shammi Akhtar seeking necessary order.The court also wanted to know why authorities concerned should not directed to ensure safe food. Lawyer ZR Khan Robin stood for the petitioner and deputy attorney general Mukhlesur Rahman represented the state.

Food and health secretaries, Director General of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), Bangladesh Food Safety Authority and Inspector General of Police and seven others have been made respondents to the rule. It also asked the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority to submit a report by May 5 on its steps to ensure the supply of safe food.

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