Opposition demands life imprisonment for food adulteration after Congress' Amit Deshmukh raises issue in Maharashtra Assembly

Mumbai: Opposition members on Wednesday demanded a provision of life imprisonment for those selling adulterated food and juices. The issue was raised by Amit Deshmukh, Congress member in the state Assembly through a calling attention notice. Deshmukh said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) during an inspection in the city recently found that
the majority of the samples of lemon and sugarcane juices being sold in the open were adulterated.

 Opposition demands life imprisonment for food adulteration after Congress Amit Deshmukh raises issue in Maharashtra Assembly

File image of Amit Deshmukh. Twitter/@AmitV_Deshmukh

It was also observed that some farmers use chemical sewage released from factories in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Dombivali township of neighbouring Thane district to grow vegetables along the railway lines, he said. Deshmukh said such acts pose a risk to people's lives and urged the government to take action.

NCP leader Ajit Pawar said the state government had earlier recommended to the Centre that life imprisonment be awarded to those accused of adulterating milk. Pawar also demanded life sentence for those selling adulterated foods and juices in the open and assured cooperation of opposition parties in bringing such a provision.

State food and drug administration minister Jaykumar Rawal said in such cases, the licensing authority was the local civic body, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was taking action whenever incidents of food adulteration were brought to its notice.

From April to May this year, action was taken against 8,012 hawkers and 21,463 kg of food items, 36,054 litres of lemon juice and 1,16,823 kg of ice were seized following inspections in Mumbai, he informed the House

Updated Date: Jun 19, 2019 17:20:53 IST