Friday, 22 July 2011

Poultry, Fish Feed; Govt asked to stop use of toxic waste

The High Court yesterday (July 21) directed the government to stop use of tannery waste in poultry and fish feed production in the capital within 30 days.

Delivering a verdict on a writ petition, the court also ordered the government to shut within this period the factories and business enterprises which are using tannery waste as ingredients in poultry and fish feed production.

It also asked the authorities concerned of government to prepare a guideline within two months in order to monitor and control whether tannery waste is being used in poultry and fish feed production in any manner.
Secretaries to the ministries of home, commerce, industries, food, and livestock and fisheries, and inspector general of police have to implement the directives.
Details of the verdict could not be known immediately as the copy of the verdict was not released yesterday.
An HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore came up with the verdict following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
The petition was filed on July 26 last year following a report published in The Daily Star on July 24 that year titled 'Toxic poultry feed poses health risk'.
Citing The Daily Star report, the petition stated that the use of tannery waste in poultry and fish feed poses serious health risk for people as the hazardous waste has the possibility of directly entering the food chain.
Earlier on July 26 last year, the HC issued a rule upon the government officials concerned to explain why they should not be directed to stop the use of tannery waste in poultry and fish feed and shut such factories.
The respondents did not make any reply to the rule, petitioner's lawyer advocate Manzill Murshid said.
Daily Star 

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