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FOOD ADULTERATION IN INDIA


 

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Legal Framework For Regulation Of Food Adulteration

Food Adulteration has been highly rampant and a persistent matter of concern for the FSSAI in India. There have been numerous incidents where adulterated food articles particularly milk has been brought to light.

Food Adulteration – a criminal offence in India

 

Sections 272 and 273 of the Indian Penal Code deal with the offence of Adulteration of Food and Drink Intended for Sale and entail punishment of six months imprisonment or payment of Rs. 1000 fine where a person adulterates any article of food or drink, so as to make such article noxious as food or drink, intending to sell such article as food or drink, or knowing it to be likely that the same will be sold as a food or drink.

 

Food Adulteration under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 – The Act lays down sufficient guidelines for the purpose of search, seizure and inspection of any place, food or adulterant, suspected of being involved in commission of any offence relating to food. The Act under Sections 38, 41 and 42 confers sufficient powers on the Food Safety officer for sampling of food, inspecting, searching, causing seizure and launching of prosecution with the Commissioner of Food Safety in cases of such offence.

 

Chapter IX subject to certain restrictions provides for enhanced penalties and punishments for the following offences:

  • Penalty for selling food not of the nature or substance or quality demanded- five lakh rupees

  • Penalty for sub-standard food- five lakh rupees

  • Penalty for misbranded food- three lakh rupees

  • Penalty for misleading advertisement- ten lakh rupees

  • Penalty for food containing extraneous matter- one lakh rupees

  • Penalty for unhygienic or unsanitary processing or manufacturing of food- one lakh rupees

  • Penalty for possessing injurious adulterant- ten lakh rupees

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