The High Court on Sunday asked the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed to take effective steps to prevent shops of all food items, fishes and sweets and cloths factories from mixing poisonous chemicals with the commodities.
It also asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to make provision in the law for giving exemplary punishment to those who will be found guilty of using poisonous chemicals in the commodities.
The HC bench of Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice Zafar Ahmed came up the rule after a hearing on a writ petition.
Md Shawkat Ali, a businessperson from Kalabagan in the city, filed the petition on Sunday seeking necessary directives from the government to stop the use of poisonous chemicals in the eatable goods especially fruits and sweets.
In the petition, Shakhawat Ali said some dishonest businessmen, producers and manufacturers have been using poisonous elements like formalin, melamine, carbide, burnt Mobil and poisonous colour in different kinds of food especially fruits, sweet and cloths which affect and destroy kidney, liver and longevity of life as confirmed by the renowned physicians.
The court also asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to submit a report on the steps taken by it for preventing use of anti-health elements in all kinds of eatable commodities including medicine and soft drinks.
The health secretary, home secretary, environment secretary, law secretary and director general of health services have been made respondent to the rule.