As reported on: Use RTI to avoid adulterated food-Pune-Cities-The Times of India

Use RTI to avoid adulterated food

PUNE: Civic activists have urged citizens to check the record of adulterated food materials with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to avoid consumption of adulterated food items.

In a press release here, right to information (RTI) activists said that the municipal corporation is not in position to announce the list of adulterated brands because of legal compulsions. So the companies continue to sell adulterated material.

“It is necessary that the common people approach the PMC and seek the information to avoid use of adulterated material,” said RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar.

“Under the Right to Information Act clause 4 (1), citizens can approach the civic authorities and demand records of adulterated material. It is mandatory on the municipal corporations to maintain the record,” Kumbhar said.

The press release said that, after checking the records with the PMC, it was found that in the last five years the PMC food inspectors have registered just 204 cases regarding adulteration of food material. However, many of these cases are pending and sale of adulterated material like oil, milk and salt continues.