Consumers in India be aware: As in Singapore, people indulging in food adulteration in India too may face life imprisonment, Rs 10 lakh fine

At present, the imprisonment is up to three months and fine is up to Rs 1 lakh; FSSAI has sought public comments by July 2

The Hush Post: Those adulterating food products could face life imprisonment and penalty of up to Rs 10 lakh as per the amendments proposed by the regulator FSSAI in its 2006 food safety and standards law. This has been proposed in line with provision of Singapore’s Sale of Food Act.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended stringent punishment to curb food adulteration following the Supreme Court order.
The regulator has proposed total 100 amendments to the Act passed in 2006, regulations of which were notified only in 2011. FSSAI has sought public comments by July 2.
“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,” the FSSAI said.

The regulatory body has recommended imprisonment of not less than 6 months and up to two years, besides penalty of up to Rs 5 lakh. At present, the imprisonment is up to three months and fine is up to Rs 1 lakh.

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