HC presses for Formalin Control ActNew Age Online
The High Court on Wednesday directed the government to explain in four weeks why a direction would not be given to take necessary step to pass a new Formalin Control Act 2013, with provision for exemplary punishment, during the parliament session starting tomorrow.
The court also asked the government to explain why it would not be directed to take immediate necessary and effective steps to inspect all food, fish and sweet shops, and cloth-making factories, to prevent use of formalin, melamine, carbide, burned Mobil, poisonous chemicals, sulfur dioxide and poisonous colour.
The vacation bench of Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond seeking necessary directive to prevent formalin use and keep all food items free of formalin.
Secretaries to the commerce, health, home, law, and environment ministries, the director generals of Bangladesh Standard & Testing Institution and the health directorate, the inspector general of police and Dhaka metropolitan police commissioner were made respondents to the petition.
The lawyer said that a law drafted earlier to control formalin is now lying with the import and internal trade wing of the commerce ministry and civil society members are demanding the passage of the law in the coming parliament session.
The civil society leaders claimed it would not be possible to control the use of toxic formalin as long as it can be easily imported.
The petitioner said that business people, in particular producers and manufacturers, have been using poisonous elements like formalin, melamine, carbide and other chemicals on different kinds on food items and clothes, to keep them fresh, creating serious health hazards.
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