Centre framing new law to deal with Maggi-like cases: Ramvilas Paswan

The Union Food and Consumer Affairs minister said that no leniency would be shown against those indulging in manufacture and promotion of sale of life-saving items and harmful food products.

By: Press Trust of India | Ara | Updated: June 2, 2015 10:00 pm
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The Centre is working on a new law with a provision of life imprisonment to deal with cases in which consumers of essential commodities and food items are duped, Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan said on Tuesday.

People indulging in “confusing advertisement” to promote such essential commodities and food items would also be liable for stringent punishment of life sentence under the new law, Paswan told reporters here.

He cited the case of Maggi noodles, which contained high level of lead and mono-sodium glutamate, saying stringent legal provision would be applied.

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The Union Food and Consumer Affairs minister said that no leniency would be shown against those indulging in manufacture and promotion of sale of life-saving items and harmful food products.

The talk of tough law against sale of harmful food items have cropped up after reports of excessive quantity of lead being found in Maggi in laboratory test in different states. Paswan also showed concern over huge pendency and delay in disposal of cases in consumer forum.

A total of 2.5 lakh cases are pending in consumer forums in the country at present, the minister said. He said that efforts were being made to replace the three-tier consumer forum at the national, state and district level at present with a commission at the three stages.

It was also being proposed that in the proposed three-tier commission automatic cognizance was taken of any complaint within 21 days of its filing, he said. Besides, no matter would be delayed for more than 90 days, the minister said.

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    Ajit Kumar
    Jun 3, 2015 at 8:46 am
    Is existing law not enough to punish food adulterer? Our government and political leaders ( law makers ) are very prompt in making new laws whenever some such serious issues comes up but are also equally slow in punishing anyone indulging in such crimes. There is a lack of will power to curb such crimes and all exercises are done only to p the time and dilute the situation.
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    Ajoy
    Jun 17, 2015 at 9:49 pm
    Corrected as horsemeat in beef pasta meal (instead of beef burger).Reference submitted) Nestle, the maker of MAGGI ---------was under food safety scandal relating adulterated horsemeat in beef pasta meal and it was obvious that forensic food science expertise could give a better answer to the problem. Reference:---- QUOTE-----Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has removed beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain after tests revealed traces of horse DNA. The Swiss-based firm has halted deliveries of products containing meat from a German supplier. Nestle is the latest in a string of major food producers to find traces of horsemeat in beef meals. A spokesman for the company said levels of horse DNA were very low but above 1%.----UNQUOTE
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    Ajoy
    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:26 pm
    Induction of stricter food law is always welcome but forensic food analytical capability development is the need of day. If you go through the publication “Fighting food fraud with science”by the Royal Society of Chemistry of the United Kingdom then it will be very clear why India needs Forensic food science capabilities to master the subject of food safety world-cl to protect the public health and safety . QUOTE The perfect crime One of the greatest problems facing this branch of criminal investigation - food forensics - is that consumers can't always tell when they're being defrauded. The product might taste similar, will probably look similar, will cost about the same, and will not necessarily do the consumer any harm (apart from financially). For the same reason it's difficult to say quite how widespread the problem is. John Spink, director of the Packaging for Food and Product Protection Initiative at Michigan State University, US, estimates the cost to the global food industry at $49 billion (�25 billion). 'In the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) estimates the level of fraud at 10 per cent, equating to around $7 billion,' he says. -------UNQUOTE Reference :--- Furthermore Nestle, the maker of MAGGI ---------was under food safety scandal relating adulterated horsemeat in beef burger and it was obvious that forensic food science expertise could give a better answer to the problem. QUOTE---- Nestle Horse Meat Scandal Published on Jun 07, 2013 This presentation refers to the horse meat scandal that broke out in Europe on February 2013 involving giant food companies like Nestle. Particularly we are going to examine how Nestle reacted to the situation and managed the crisis in UK& Ireland, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. In all countries official statements were made, the suspected products were withdrawn and the security measures for the meat quality as well as the origin were drastically increased.------UNQUOTE Reference:--- India has world’s first Forensic Sciences University in hinagar inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi just a few months before being elected speak volumes in itself that obviously India with the help of renowned Food Scientists can think to start bachelor’s and master’s degree courses in forensic food science to produce again world’s first graduates/post-graduates in forensic food science. India definitely needs such capabilities to prevent food adulteration in a more comprehensive manner and forensic food experts can perform the job to a t. (References:--- and 915108#comments
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    Ajoy
    Jun 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm
    Induction of stricter food law is always welcome but forensic food analytical capability development is the need of day. If you go through the publication “Fighting food fraud with science”by the Royal Society of Chemistry of the United Kingdom then it will be very clear why India needs Forensic food science capabilities to master the subject of food safety world-cl to protect the public health and safety . QUOTE The perfect crime One of the greatest problems facing this branch of criminal investigation - food forensics - is that consumers can't always tell when they're being defrauded. The product might taste similar, will probably look similar, will cost about the same, and will not necessarily do the consumer any harm (apart from financially). For the same reason it's difficult to say quite how widespread the problem is. John Spink, director of the Packaging for Food and Product Protection Initiative at Michigan State University, US, estimates the cost to the global food industry at $49 billion (�25 billion). 'In the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) estimates the level of fraud at 10 per cent, equating to around $7 billion,' he says. -------UNQUOTE Reference :--- Furthermore Nestle, the maker of MAGGI ---------was under food safety scandal relating adulterated horsemeat in beef pasta meal and it was obvious that forensic food science expertise could give a better answer to the problem. QUOTE---- Nestle Horse Meat Scandal Published on Jun 07, 2013 This presentation refers to the horse meat scandal that broke out in Europe on February 2013 involving giant food companies like Nestle. Particularly we are going to examine how Nestle reacted to the situation and managed the crisis in UK& Ireland, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. In all countries official statements were made, the suspected products were withdrawn and the security measures for the meat quality as well as the origin were drastically increased.------UNQUOTE Reference:--- India has world’s first Forensic Sciences University in hinagar inaugurated by Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi just a few months before being elected speak volumes in itself that obviously India with the help of renowned Food Scientists can think to start bachelor’s and master’s degree courses in forensic food science to produce again world’s first graduates/post-graduates in forensic food science. India definitely needs such capabilities to prevent food adulteration in a more comprehensive manner and forensic food experts can perform the job to a t. (References:--- and 915108#comments Nestle, the maker of MAGGI ---------was under food safety scandal relating adulterated horsemeat in beef pasta meal and it was obvious that forensic food science expertise could give a better answer to the problem. Reference:---- QUOTE-----Nestle, the world's biggest food company, has removed beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain after tests revealed traces of horse DNA. The Swiss-based firm has halted deliveries of products containing meat from a German supplier. Nestle is the latest in a string of major food producers to find traces of horsemeat in beef meals. A spokesman for the company said levels of horse DNA were very low but above 1%.----UNQUOTE
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    Prakash Gotimukul
    Jun 3, 2015 at 10:05 am
    Ministers words are futuristic, but for the crime already committed there shd be some provision under which Nestle shd be punished. An fir shd be raised and directors arrested , same as adulterated milk which was sold by petty traders some time back. Nestle's response is pathetic to say the least......
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    MADANLAL GOUTHAMCHAND
    Jun 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm
    Had the same thing happened in the usa, by this time all the people connected would have been jailed and a case would have been filed. in our country there is a lot of red tapism and legal loops, for eg. there are a lot of emulsifier categories which are given in numerics with E, but what is added in the items is not clear i.e. beef, pig fat or horse meat or any such undesirable things unimaginable
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    raj
    Jun 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm
    all need money who bothered about poor /innocent people health in a useless-corrupt system
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    Girish Rao
    Jun 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm
    Why Nestle India and its product still not being banned pending inquiry.
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