In an effort curb stringent punishment to curb food adulteration, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed face life imprisonment and penalty of up to Rs 10 lakh.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended stringent punishment to curb food adulteration following the Supreme Court order.
The FSSAI has issued the draft amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, which was passed in 2006 but the regulations were notified only in 2011. The regulator has proposed total 100 amendments to the Act and has sought public comments by July 2.
Among key amendments, FSSAI has proposed to include a new section to crack down on food adulteration. It said, ‘Any person…adds an adulterant to food so as to render it injurious for human consumption with an inherent potential to cause his death or is likely to cause grievous hurt, irrespective of the fact whether it causes actual injury or not, shall be punishable for a term which shall not be less than 7 years but which may extend to imprisonment for life and also fine which shall not be less than Rs 10 lakh’.
Giving rationale behind the proposed amendment, the regulator said this has been done to provide stringent punishment in cases where an adulterant is added to food with an intent to render it unsafe for human consumption