SC takes serious view of milk adulteration
During the hearing, advocate Anurag Tomar, appearing for PIL petitioner, said milk and milk products are laced with \"white paint, caustic soda, detergent, shampoo, urea, starch and blotting paper\".
Asks Centre to amend Food Safety Act
New Delhi: Taking a serious view of milk adulteration across the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to consider amending the Food Safety and Standards Act in the coming winter session of Parliament and make it an offence punishable with life imprisonment.
"We hope and trust that the Centre will take appropriate measures in the winter session of Parliament," a bench of justices M Y Eqbal and Shiva Kirti Singh said.
"It's high time. Adulteration in milk is going on and states should also act.”
“Either the government amend their Food Safety Act or make new laws," it said. The bench, in the meantime, asked the Centre to file a status report within four weeks giving details about the actions taken so far on the issue. "The matter is very, very serious. Urgent actions are needed," the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on December 10.
During the hearing, advocate Anurag Tomar, appearing for PIL petitioner, said milk and milk products are laced with "white paint, caustic soda, detergent, shampoo, urea, starch and blotting paper".
Earlier, the court had favoured award to life term to persons indulging in production and marketing of adulterated milk. It had said punishment of six months' jail term mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards Act is grossly inadequate and had asked states to amend the law as has been done by Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha.