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Stringent punishment of fine of Rs 10 lakh adulterating foodstuff

Image The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed stringent punishment of fine of Rs 10 lakh and imprisonment up to life term for those adulterating foodstuff. Besides, the regulator has also suggested creating a 'Food Safety and Nutrition Fund' to support promotional and outreach activities among food businesses and consumers. The proposals are part of key changes recommended by FSSAI to amend the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The draft proposal recommended a new section in the FSS Act - Section 59 - that would lead to punishment for seven years, which can be extended up to life imprisonment besides a fine of Rs 10 lakh if individuals or businesses intentionally add adulterants to food products. The punishment will apply irrespective of the adulteration causing actual injury to consumers.
Officials said the provisions have been proposed in the wake of increasing instances of food adulteration, which are impacting people's health.

The regulator has sought feedback from state governments on the proposal. It also suggested a fund to undertake special programmes on food safety and nutrition.