He further stated that with enforcement of the new Act food adulteration will become almost impossible as it is going to attract heavy fine and punishment including life imprisonment. A few strict provisions have been included in the act to highlight its deterrent values. He stated that after enforcement of the new Act, adulteration in food items in Delhi will become very difficult as fear of strict punishment will continue to hover the traders intending to adulterate. The Department of PFA is committed to overcome the menace of food adulteration as it is a major health hazard and affects human.
Dr. Walia while giving details of the new act stated the all food business operators will have to get them registered or licensed. The petty shopkeepers will also have to apply for registration whereas the other business establishment shall have to get license. Under the new Law the punishment has been divided into two categories. In case of sub-standard, misbranded food and in case of misleading advertisement about the food products (not injurious to health), the cases will not go to the court and only fine shall be imposed up to maximum of Rs.10 lacs. Hence, the disposal of cases will be fast. In case of un-safe food the punishment will be imprisonment up to 7 years with fine of Rs.10 lacs. In case of death caused due to adulterated food items, the punishment will be 7 years imprisonment and maximum life imprisonment and fine up to Rs.10 lacs.
The new act will have a provision of a compensation of injury or death. In case of death compensation will not less than Rs.5 lacs, in case of grievous injury not more than Rs.3 lacs and in case of minor injury not more than Rs.1 lac. The Department will be authorized to recall injurious food and punishment will be doubled for subsequent offences. For the petty manufactures, there is provision of compounding of offences. Dr. Walia further stated that the other penalties are fine up to Rs.2 lacs for selling food not of the nature or substance or quality demanded, up to Rs. 5 lacs for sub-standard, up to Rs.3 lacs for misbranded food, up to Rs.1 lac for un-hygienic or un-sanitary processing or manufacturing of food.
The minister said added that the Department of PFA has been instructed to continue raids against adulterators. It has been continuing its operations on regular basis. During April, 2011, in all, 264 samples were lifted out of which 40 were found to be adulterated and four to be mis-branded whereas result in respect of 43 samples is still awaited. 32 samples of spices, 31 of milk products, 22 each of pulses, cereals and milk, 18 of edible oil and 17 from eating establishments were lifted. Apart from this 69 samples of miscellaneous of food items were also lifted. The raids were conducted in all parts of the Capital city.