Rs 32 crores fines collected for 26,000 food samples found adulterated or misbranded in 2018-19 in India

Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Shri RameswarTeli while responding to a written question on food adulteration and enforcement of standards in Rajya Sabha today, informed the house that in 2018-19, 94,288 samples of processed food were analysed. Out of this 26,077 thousand samples were found adulterated or misbranded. He further added that a total of 32.8 crore rupees were raised as penalties last year. The details of state-wise samples received, analysed, found adulterated/misbranded, and action taken thereon for the year 2018-19 is as under.

Annual Public Laboratory Testing Report/Data for the year 2018-19
Name of the State/U.T. Number of    Samples Analysed Number of Samples found Adulterated or Misbranded Number of Cases Launched Number of Convictions / Penalties
      Criminal Civil Convictions Penalties no. Penalties amount raised in Rupees
A & N Islands 268 44 1 90 1 89 12,74,000
Andhra Pradesh 4269 608 25 171     1,45,000
Arunachal 291 11 1 7 0 6 21,000
Assam 515 111 7 14 0 5 77000
Bihar*            
Chandigarh 315 30 0 21 0 15 3,35,000
Chhattisgarh 988 208 0 11      
Dadra & N.H 57 18 0 40 0   6,75,500
Daman & Diu 145 4          
Delhi 2464 485 29 110 38 31 47,16,001
Goa 1550 88 9

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8,66,000
Gujarat 9884 822 22 353 22 237 1,95,89,004
Haryana 2929 569 47 488 5 242 51,16,860
Himachal 229 43 4 10 4 35 9,65,500
Jammu & Kashmir 3600 701   698   466 57,18,800
Jharkhand 499 208          
Karnataka 3945 456 71 249 0 146 9,50,800
Kerala 4378 781 102 565 2 339 1,11,17,000
Lakshadweep 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Madhya Pradesh 7063 1352 1343 842 3,61,04,200
Maharashtra 4742 1089 957 910 18 529 1,19,96,269
Manipur 388 56   16   12 6,89,000
Meghalaya 81 4 1 0 0 0 0
Mizoram*              
Nagaland 202 45 0 63 0   37,500
Odisha 327 91 38 123 0 3 2,20,000
Puducherry 2037 58 0 0 0 0 0
Punjab 11920 3403 46 1861 3   1,47,65,200
Rajasthan*              
Sikkim 182 17 0 0 0 0 0
Tamil Nadu 5730 2601 666 1718 306 1485 5,01,11,950
Telangana 1760 224 33 191 3   2,48,000
Tripura 192 8 0 3 0 0 0
Uttar Pradesh 22583 11817 451 8524 73 5526 15,89,81,003
Uttarakhand 755 125 8 28   28 28,53,000
West Bengal*              
Total 94,288 26,077 2509 17,616 475 10053 32,75,73,587

Source: States/UTs, Information in respect of States marked (*) is awaited.

Informing the house of the enforcement mechanism, the Minister added that Commissioners of Food Safety of States/UTs are regularly conducting inspections, surveillance and enforcement drives, through their officials viz. Food Safety Officers, in food processing units to ensure compliance with laid down standards. In cases where samples are found to be non-conforming to the provisions of Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006, and Rules and regulations made thereunder, penal action has been initiated against the defaulting Food Business Operators (FBOs) as per the provisions of FSS Act, 2006, and Rules and Regulations made thereunder.