• Thursday, Jul 07, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Don’t hurt the consumer

  • Published at 12:04 am July 31st, 2019
milk glass
Photo: BIGSTOCK

The decision is affecting the livelihood of farmers

The High Court order to stop a number of registered companies from producing, distributing, and selling their pasteurized milk across Bangladesh, though well-intentioned, may be an ill-advised move.

While measures should indeed be taken to protect the consumer from harmful food products, a near-total ban on milk does a disservice to the consumer, who may desperately need the product for many reasons.

The negative ramifications of this ban are already being felt: More than 50 dairy farmers in Pabna have dumped their unsold milk unto the streets, which is nothing if not a terrible waste of resources our country cannot afford.

Indeed, the decision is affecting the livelihood of farmers, who have no other source of income, and are not the ones responsible for any harmful elements that may have been found in the finished products; some 65,000 litres of milk are produced every day, the fate of which now hangs in the balance. 

Furthermore, a ban of this nature is a slippery slope, which rather than protecting the consumer, takes away the option to choose, and opens up avenues where products can be recalled or businesses shut down without a good reason.

As milk is one of our day-to-day essentials, alternatives need to be provided, because otherwise, it is the consumer who is hurt.

To that end, it is good to see that the ban on at least three of the companies has been lifted, and it is hoped that the other milk companies will also soon be allowed to continue production of pasteurized milk.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail