Milk adulteration Must be punishable with life imprisonment: Supreme Court India advises state governments to make milk adulteration punishable with life imprisonment.
Milk has a special place for most humans. Since most of humans see milk as the staple food of innocent babies, hence any attempt to adulterate it is condemned in harshest of terms. The Supreme Court’s Thursday’s advice to the State Governments reflects this sentiment. And rightly so.
The Supreme Court bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice AK Sikri on Thursday urged the state governments to make necessary amendments to their laws to make production and marketing of adulterated milk, which is injurious to human consumption, an offence punishable with life imprisonment.
The SC observation came after taking note of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha having made the sale of adulterated milk, contaminated with synthetic material, an offence punishable with life imprisonment. The Apex court of India asked other states to make milk adulteration, production and sale of milk which is harmful to human beings (Synthetic Milk) punishable with life imprisonment, as the court observed that the maximum punishment of six months for such offences under the Food Safety and Standards Act was grossly inadequate.
The observation of the SC came in the hearing of a public suit which said samples collected by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India in 2011 revealed large-scale sale of adulterated milk across the country.
Notably, an adulterated milk PIL originating from the Haridwar, Uttarakhand is looking into the issue of milk adulteration in the state of Uttarakhand. In its latest hearing, the Government disposed at the Court that the milk samples collected by its Food Safety and Standards department haven’t found any adulterants harmful to human beings.