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.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to curb food adulteration following the Supreme Court order, has proposed total 100 amendments to the Act and has sought public comments by July 2nd.
Among key amendments, FSSAI has proposed to include a new section to crack down on food adulteration.
The new Consumer Protection Bill, which is pending in Parliament, also proposes similar quantum of stringent punishment for adulteration.
Among other amendments, FSSAI has proposed setting of state food safety authorities so that this law can be enforced in letter and spirit.
It has also proposed increase in the punishment for obstructing, impersonating, intimidating and threatening and assaulting a food safety officer.
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.
The FSSAI has further proposed that a person convicted under this law will have to pay fees and other expenses incidental to the analysis of any food or food contact article in respect of which the conviction is obtained and any other reasonable expenses incurred by the prosecution.
Source: India Today