Food Adulteration: HC Seeks Report On Monitoring Production Of Food Items 


SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed authorities to submit a report regarding steps taken them to monitor production of different kinds of food items in the State. 

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar sought the report within four weeks.  

“Report filed by the respondents does not show that the respondents have conducted random checks or raids with regard to manufacturing of food items of eatables,” the court said, adding, “Let an additional affidavit be filed before us regarding the steps taken by the official respondents to monitor production of different kinds of food items in the State”. Such affidavit shall be filed within four weeks, the court said.

With regard to implementation of Food Safety and Standard Act 2006, the court on last date of hearing had observed that it was because of non-filling of some important posts including lab technicians and instrumentation technicians that these labs were non-functional.

In 2016, the High Court had taken suo-moto cognizance of news reports on food adulteration and rising cancer incidence and treated these as a Public Interest Litigation.

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