Food Adulteration Law - Follow Rajasthan
The Bill mainly seeks to empower Food Safety Officers and Drug Inspectors, as well as address the differences in punishment for food adulteration under various laws.
Currently, these offences are punishable with imprisonment up to six months, or with fine which may extend to Rs 1,000, or with both. Also, these offences are non-cognisable and except offences related to adulterating any drug or medical preparation under section 274, all the other offences under sections 272, 273, 275 and 276 are bailable. Following the amendment bill passed in the Assembly Saturday, the crimes falling under IPC sections 272 to 276 will be cognisable and non-bailable, once the law becomes an Act.
Additionally, the Bill seeks to address the differences in punishment for food adulteration under various laws.
Apart from the IPC sections 272 to 276, section 59 of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, deals with punishment for unsafe food. And, depending upon the gravity of injury caused, the maximum punishment is imprisonment for life and such offences are cognisable under the Act. Then, section 27 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act (DCA), 1940, provides punishment for manufacturing for sale or distribution or for selling or storing or distributing any drug which is adulterated or spurious. The punishment under the offence is from ten years to imprisonment for life and, apart from a fine. Also, the offence under the section is cognisable. more