Most food adulteration cases in Uttar Pradesh

August 10th, 2011 - 12:49 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh reported the maximum number of food adulteration in the country, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Tuesday adding that the country’s average adulteration stood at 11.14 percent.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Azad said that in 2010, about 3,789 cases were filed in Uttar Pradesh and 540 people were convicted. With 806 cases and 18 convictions, Rajasthan came in second followed by Gujarat with 683 registered cases and 99 convictions.

“The average adulteration in food items including milk products on the basis of samples collected in 2009 is 11.14 percent,” said Azad.

Considering the need for comprehensive approach to food safety, a new law- Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 came into force Aug 5, 2011 replacing the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.

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