Srinagar, Apr 08 (GNS): Amid deepening public concerns over food safety following a wave of recent food adulteration, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today demanded capital punishment for those involved in contamination of eatables.
Describing food adulteration as a crime against humanity, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued to GNS said that death penalty will act as a powerful deterrent and will curb the menace of food adulteration.
“This provision of exemplary punishment should be inserted into the food act to discourage those who are responsible for food adulteration which is causing loss of precious human lives”.
The current food safety and standards act has provisions for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for those involved in manufacture and sale of unsafe foods, he said.
“There are growing voices in favor of death sentence to weed out this heinous crime which is perilous to human life and health”.
In 2009, two persons were executed in China for tainting milk powder with melamine, an industrial chemical. Two years before that, China executed head of Food and Drug administration for accepting bribes to allow untested drugs to be approved for marketing, he said.
“Adulteration of food which was unheard in past has now become a way of life in Kashmir. This dangerous malpractice is responsible for rise in cancers and deaths in the valley”.
Recent expose of contaminated milk and spices of two leading corporate houses has shaken the confidence of common man and no deterrent punishment was meted out, he said.
“There is hardly any pure item in the market which is grossly unchecked and unregulated”.
Those who are employed to control the menace and prosecute criminals are in active connivance with them and are involved in the complicity of this grave crime, he said.
The inordinate delay in disposable of court cases has become a tool for perpetrators to wriggle out the legal proceedings, he added. (GNS)