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High Court on Thursday summoned Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque, chairman of Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, to appear before the court on June 16. The court directed the chairman to explain why he had flouted the HC directive for removing 52 substandard food products of 43 companies from the market. - A home for your website

An HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil also issued a rule asking the BFSA to explain why Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque would not be punished for violating the court order.

Earlier on May 12, the court directed the chairman of BFSA and the director general of National Consumer Rights Protection Department to immediately remove and destroy 52 substandard food products produced and marketed by 43 companies.

A seven-day deadline given to the accused companies to withdraw their substandard products from the market has already been expired.

But many of the 52 items are still on sale.