It has become very difficult to find safe food in the market today. The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and Rules were enacted with an aim to ensure unadulterated food availability. The Act and Rules has prescribed minimum standards which are to be followed scrupulously by the vendors.
Violation of these rules fetches the conviction to the vendors. One such case of violation of PFA Act and Rules is this. In this case, the proprietor of a supermarket sold misbranded dhall packets to the then Food Inspector of Tirunelveli Corporation. The shop keeper was also not having valid licence under the PFA Act and Rules.
The Judicial Magistrate No.IV, Tirunelveli convicted the shop keeper to a sentence of 3 months simple imprisonment and fines Rs.3000/- for selling misbranded food packets which were not having the Name of the article, Packing date, Best Before declaration, Batch No., Net weight & Vegetarian Logo.
The Magistrate also convicted the shop keeper with another 3 months Simple imprisonment and a fine amount of Rs.2000/- for not having a valid licence under the Act and Rules.