Food adulteration now punishable with life imprisonment in Madhya Pradesh

The state government had passed amendment in the provisions at a Cabinet meeting held on Friday evening, after which state Home Minister Narottam Mishra had publicly announced it

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Punishment for selling items over their expiry dates has also been approved. Representational photo: iStock

The Madhya Pradesh government announced on Friday (February 26) life imprisonment for the offence of food adulteration under the ‘Milawat Pe Kasawat’ campaign. The state government passed the amendment at a Cabinet meeting held on Friday evening, after which state home minister Narottam Mishra publicly announced it.

Governor Anandiben Patel had earlier informed the assembly that relevant IPC sections, regarding punishment for food adulteration, had been amended to life imprisonment from three years imprisonment.

Before the provision of the three-year sentence was introduced, the punishment for food adulteration was six months’ jail term.

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Mishra had earlier said international agencies have been warning about fake COVID-19 vaccines and there have also been a couple of cases in Gwalior where adulterated plasma was detected.

Mishra said the punishment for selling items after their expiry dates has also been approved. “Those selling food and drugs past their expiry dates will be sentenced to five years in jail,” he said.

(With agency inputs)