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Bangladesh: Ban on Milk Powder Withdrawn

(Jan. 26, 2009) On January 7, 2009, the High Court of Bangladesh withdrew its ban on the sale of five of the eight brands of milk powder it had previously banned, after laboratory tests found the five brands safe. In November 2008, the High Court had banned eight brands of imported milk powder after tests showed them to be tainted with the chemical melamine. (See High Court Bans Tainted Brands of Milk Powder, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR, Nov. 19, 2008,

The court based its ruling on new test reports showing that the five brands had melamine in amounts below 0.1 parts per million, which is not harmful to children. The court also directed the government to have other brands of milk powder tested and report back within six weeks. (HC Lifts Ban on Five Milk Powder Brands, THE DAILY STAR, Jan. 8, 2009, available at