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Bangladesh: High Court Bans Tainted Brands of Milk Powder

(Nov. 19, 2008) The Bangladesh High Court has ordered the government to stop the sale of eight brands of imported milk powder after tests showed them to be tainted with the chemical melamine. Tests were carried out on several brands of imported milk powder, and the results revealed the presence of toxic melamine in eight brands. In response to these findings, a writ petition was filed by the organization Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh. On October 22, 2008, the High Court banned the eight brands. The Court gave directives for stopping sales and display of those brands in the stores. Following the court order, law enforcement officers and mobile courts seized the banned milk powder from distributors and retail stores. (Ban Slapped on 8 Brands, THE DAILY STAR, Oct. 24, 2008, available at