New Delhi: In a measure to check food adulteration, the government has deployed as many as 27 investigating teams in order to keep a close tab on sellers and to take strict action against the guilty. The investigating teams have been instructed to collect samples of food items from the market, and then submit the report directly to the government.

The government had also imposed Food Safety and Standards Act -2006 in August this year to stop the sale of adulterated food items.

Delhi Health Minister AK Walia said, “Under the Act, samples of 449 food items have been collected by September 30 and sent to laboratories.”

The reports declared that synthetic colours used in sweets and dairy food items are not of good quality. The government has already imposed heavy fines on eight shopkeepers/sellers/traders.

“If the shopkeepers are found guilty, they will be punished,” Walia said.

 Legal Provision 
•    7 years of life imprisonment for selling adulterated food items. 
•    The sellers will have to pay a penalty of Rs 3 lakh as compensation to consumer who falls ill after consuming adulterated food item and Rs 10 lakh on any death due to the same reason.

JPN/Bureau