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HC directs food safety dept to act on plea over adulterated edible oil

 

Madurai: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has directed the commissioner of food safety to consider a petition by an advocate from Sivaganga district, alleging adulteration of edible oil by manufacturers and vendors in Singampunari town panchayat and take appropriate action.

M Balaji, the advocate in his petition stated that he has forwarded several complaints to the food safety commissioner to take action against edible oil manufacturers, wholesale and retail vendors for selling unlabelled oil in improperly packed packages in Singampunari.

The petitioner had also sought for disciplinary action against the food safety officer for failure to discharge his duty as per the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006.

According to the petitioner, there are oil mills and vendors in the panchayat with a yearly turnover of several crores of rupees in the business.

“Some money-minded persons are indulging in selling adulterated edible oils by simply mixing the low price oils with high priced ones irrespective of varieties,” the petitioner stated and added that he made several written complaints and sent petitions through WhatsApp, but no action was taken.

When the petition came up for hearing, the additional government pleader submitted that the petitioner’s concerns would be looked into.

Recording the submissions, a division bench of justice K Kalyanasundaram and justice R Tharani, without going into the merits of the matter, directed the commissioner of food safety to consider the petition and take appropriate action purely on merits and in accordance with law, within a period of three months.

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