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Life term for food adulteration under new law

New Delhi: The new anti-adulteration law makes food adulteration an offence punishable with life imprisonment and manufacturers can be fined up to Rs 10 lakh, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, he said the Food Safety and Standards Act passed by the Parliament in 2006 will come into force in next 3-4 months.

The Act integrates multiplicity of provisions under various food related laws. It will among other things regulate food safety standards and uniform licensing in the country.

Of the 101 sections in the Act, so far 43 have been notified and the rest will be notified shortly, he said.

The delay, he said, was mainly because several subjects were not under the Health Ministry and had to be brought under a common ambit.

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