The newly notified Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, does not seem to be effective in curbing adulteration of food articles as is the case with previous Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.
This has become evident from statistics which show that the Government of Kerala has failed to take stringent action against the issue during the period 2004-2012. An RTI application filed by the Human Rights Defence Forum (HRDF), Kerala, has revealed the details.
Explaining to F&B News, D B Binu, general secretary, HRDF, Kerala, said, “Surprisingly, out of the 95,261 samples tested between 2004 and 2012, 2,190 food samples were found to be adulterated and authorities initiated action in only 1,912 cases.”
Binu explained that the information was revealed to the organisation based on the RTI filed by it and further probe in the case evolved based on the number of food adulteration cases being reported in Kerala by the media.