‘Adulterated Food Behind Rising Cancer Rate in Kashmir’

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Srinagar: Expressing concern that sub-standard and adulterated food items being consumed by the people has resulted in increase in cancer cases, a local court in the central Kashmir district of Budgam directed government to provide list of food items which have been found unsafe for human consumption.

The Ist class Judicial Magistrate, Budgam, Imtiyaz Ahmad Lone found guilty two accused for supplying and adulterated food to consumer, said as per medical reports, the food items being supplied to human for consumption contains such elements which causes cancer.

This court is of the opinion that there are numerous cases pending before various courts and authorities in which product supplied to consumers are either substandard or unsafe for consumption and people are forced to them which is the reason fatal diseases like cancer is spreading in Jammu and Kashmir and fresh cases are being registered with the Hospitals. 

The court while concluding the trial has found two accused guilty for the commission of offence under section 26(1) (2) (i) (ii) of Food Safety Act 2006 punishable under section 59 and 51 of Food Safety and Standard Act 2006.

The two accused who have been convicted by the court are Syed Ibrahim Rizvi of Magam, M/S RCF Wholesaler/Distributor and Rajiv Khera of Amritsar Punjab, Manufacturer/Processor/Packed by Shiv Shankar Udyog VPO Chati Wind Taramtam Road.

The judge maintained that in M/S Khyber Agro Farms Pvt Ltd Village Ladhoo Lethpora case this court has convicted the company for providing detergent in the milk product. This court has already held the Z-Turmeric-Gold Powder unsafe for human consumption.

The court said that in the interest of general public and for the safety of the nation, the Commissioner Food Safety and Standards, Kashmir, is hereby directed to publish list of articles, food items seized by the Department wherein cases have been filed and concluded in conviction in Print and Electronic media for the purpose of information and awareness to the general public.

The Commissioner shall also intimate to this court that what action the department has taken regarding the cancellation of license and continuous flow of the food items declared either unsafe or substandard, the court said.

The court further directed Deputy Commissioner Food and Safety (DCFS) to lift the products forthwith belonging to the convicted company from the market and shall also issue a direction to the Sales Tax Department to prevent its flow into Valley or any other part of State of Jammu and Kashmir and shall cancel the license of the convicted company forthwith.

The Court maintained that DCFS will immediately issue orders to his subordinates that they shall lift samples of milk, edible oil, confectionary, sweets and other items from the market and  refer them to District Laboratory and Referral Laboratory. However, on receipt of the report appropriate action shall be initiated against guilty if any.

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