Monday, 20 June 2011

HC for dietary supplement product policy

The High Court on June 20 issued a rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to formulate a policy for supplementary food industries.

The government was also asked to explain why it should not be directed to form specialised licence providing regulatory organisation for the manufacture, import, sales and distribution of food.

A bench of justices Farid Ahmed and Sheikh Hassan Arif issued the rule on Monday in response to a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Dietary Supplementary Association.

The writ petition was filed seeking the HC directives on the government to make a policy and create a specialised regulatory body for selling, distributing and manufacturing the food dietary supplementary products.

The home secretary, the health and family welfare secretary, the commerce secretary, the science and technology secretary, the director general of the drug administration directorate, the chairman of Bangladesh Council of Science and Industrial Research (BCSIR), the inspector general of the police (IGP) and the director general of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.

Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon argued for the petitioner during the hearing on the writ petition, while deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju stood for the state. 

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