Taking into account omnipresence of pesticides in fruits and vegetables the Delhi High Court in a recent judgment had rapped the government agencies on food adulteration and had further directed the Centre to submit status of compliance of the decisions taken in a joint meeting on food safety—that brought out constituting a (pesticide management cell, publicising the harmful effects of pesticide through popular media and such measures. Besides, the HC directed that food adulterators be booked under IPC. The order was passed on a PIL, filed by Sharad Tiwari and Sanjeev Agnihotri through advocates Akash Vashishtha and KC Joshi.
The FSSAI was asked by the HC “to consider publicising its scheme (clean and fresh fruit and vegetable market) in four local languages, to enable and educate all stakeholders.” The court said that in addition, FSSAI may also consider carrying advertisements on websites, posters, hoardings, social media, cinema halls, metro stations and bus stops. A comparative chart be also prepared of the roles and responsibility of the FSSAI and APMC, as also the accountability and responsibility of state governments and the interplay of these organisations, to enable the court to have a clearer picture of the entities involved in the matter of food safety and their respective roles.
The HC was informed that as a beginning, five fruit and vegetable markets have been identified including INA, Kotla, Janakpuri, Ranibagh, Ghanta Ghar for pilot projects on food safety, which will be replicated in other markets like Azadpur, Daryaganj, Ghazipur and Okhla.