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SC notice to Centre on food safety.

CLOSE on the heels of Maggi and several other packaged edibles coming under the food safety scanner,the Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and states on a public interest litigation seeking stringent norms to curb rampant food adulteration.

The PIL filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda sought intervention of

the apex body to monitor and regulate adulteration of food and other consumer products.

In the plea,the petitioner requested the Supreme Court to issue directions to the Centre and the states to formulate fresh laws and guidelines and take adequate steps to curb the contamination of the edible and non- edible consumer products.

The PIL also urged for the formation of a special agency to take immediate action like searching,sealing and seizing products of violators.

The petition sought framing of guidelines to prevent adulteration of food and other consumables like fruits,vegetables,dairy products,edible oils,honey,meat,spices and pulses throughout the country.

"Existing laws regarding food adulteration are incapable of punishing the offenders who contribute to the menace of rising food adulteration by their wrongful acts and also the existing laws and guidelines are insufficient to control the problem of adulteration of food," the PIL said.

"Issue directions to the Union of India and respondents to formulate guidelines and limits regarding use of antibiotics,chemicals,etc. as per international food standards," it added.

PIL in apex court seeks constitution of a central agency to facilitate immediate action against violators

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Date:Jul 7, 2015

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