Srinagar: The J&K high court on Thursday took suo-moto connizance of media reports regarding food adulteration, rising cancers, and lack of infra structure to check adulteration of food items in the state.
A division bench of Justices M H Attar and A M Magrey directed the government to come up with the response next week.
In 2014, the court while hearing a PIL—Sheikh Ayoub Vs State— seeking implementation of Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 (FSSA) to check food adulteration in the state, had issued slew of directions to state authorities.
It had directed Food Safety Officers, Designated Officers and all those involved in implementation of the Food Safety Act, to “pull up their socks, hone up machinery and speed up lifting and analysis of samples and food items, transported, manufactured, stored and marketed in the state without showing any leniency to big players in the market so that food items free from adulteration are made available to consumers.”
The court had also directed the government to submit comprehensive report regarding samples lifted from time to time, indicating number of samples referred to notified Laboratories/Referral Laboratories and the result of analysis and action taken.
The court had also directed all companies to inform general public that the packed milk sold in Jammu and Kashmir is not pure cow’s milk but processed one.
“As there is a general impression that what is sold in the market by various companies is pure cow’s milk, (they) shall inform general public through print media that what is sold by them is not pure cow’s milk but processed milk,” the court had said.
The companies, court had said, shall also notify the source of milk marketed as well as mode and manner in which marketed milk is processed. However, the order was later stayed by the Supreme Court.