The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,1954
Section 12. Purchaser may have food analysed
Nothing contained in this Act shall be held to prevent a purchaser of any article of food other than a Food Inspector 1[or a recognised consumer association, whether the purchaser is a member of that association or not,] from having such article analysed by the public analyst on payment of such fees as may be prescribed and from receiving from the public analyst a report of his analysis:
Provided that 2[such purchaser or recognised consumer association shall inform the vendor at the time of purchase of his or its intention] to have such article so analysed provided further that the provisions of sub-sections (1), (2) and (3) of Sec. 11 shall, as far as may be, apply to a 3[purchaser of article of food or recognised consumer association who or which intends] to have such articles so analysed, as they apply to a Food Inspector who takes sample of food for analysis:
Provided also that if the report of the public analyst shows that the article of food is adulterated, the 4[purchaser or recognised consumer association shall be entitled to get refund of the fees paid by him or it] under this section.
5[Explanation. -For the purposes of this section and Sec. 20 recognised consumer association” means a voluntary consumer association registered under the Companies Act,1956 (1 of 1956), or under any other law for the time being in force].
1. Ins. by Act 70 of 1986, Sec,. 2 (w.e.f. I st May,11)87).
2. Subs. by Act 70 of 1986. Sec. 2, for words “such purchaser shall inform the vendor at the time of purchase of his intention.”
3. Subs. by Sec. 2, ibid. For the words purchaser of article. Of food who intends” .
4. Subs. by Sec. 2, ibid. for the words “purchaser shall be entitled to get refund of the fees paid by him” .
5. Ins. by Sec. 2. Ibid.