The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,1954
Section 2. Definitions
In this Act unless the context otherwise requires, —
1[(i) “adulterant” means any material which is or could be employed for the purpose of adulteration;]
2 [(i-a)] “adulterated” an article of food shall be deemed to be adulterated-
(a) If the article sold by a vendor is not of the nature, substance or quality, demanded by the purchaser and is to his prejudice, or is not of the nature, substance or quality, which it purports or is, represented to be;
(b) If the article contains any other substance which affect, or if the article is so processed as to affect injuriously the nature, substance or quality thereof;
(c) If any inferior or cheaper substance has been substituted wholly or in part for the article so as to affect injuriously the nature substance or quality thereof;
(d) If any constituent of the article has been wholly or in part abstracted so as to affect injuriously the nature, substance or quality thereof.
(e) If the article has been prepared, packed or kept under insanitary conditions whereby it has become contaminated or injurious to health;
(f) If the article consists wholly or in part of any filthy, putrid, 3[* * *], rotten, decomposed or diseased animal or vegetable substance or is insect-infested or is otherwise unfit for human consumption;
(g) If the article is obtained from a diseased animal;
(h) If the article contains any poisonous or other ingredient which renders it injurious to health:
(i) If the container of the article is composed, whether wholly or in part, of any poisonous or deleterious substance which renders its (contents injurious to health;
4[(j) If any colouring matter, other than that prescribed in respect thereof is present in the article, or if the amounts of the prescribed colouring matter which is present in the article are not within the prescribed limits of variability;]
(k) If the article contains any prohibited preservative or permitted preservative in excess of the prescribed limits;
5[(l) If the quality or purity of the article falls below the prescribed standards or its constituents are present in quantities not within the prescribed limits of variability but which renders it injurious to health;]
(m) If the quality or purity of the article falls below the prescribed standard or its constituents are present in quantities not within the prescribed limits of variability but which does not render it injurious to health:
Provided that, where the quality or purity of the article, being a primary food has fallen below the prescribed standards or its constituents are present in quantities not within the prescribed limits of variability, in either case, solely due to natural causes and beyond the control of human agency, then, such article shall not be deemed to be adulterated within the meaning of this sub-clause.
Explanation. ” Where two or more articles of primary food are mixed together and the resultant article of food-
(a) Is stored, sold or distributed under a name which denotes the ingredients thereof; and
(b) Is not injurious to health,
Then, such resultant article shall not be deemed to be adulterated within the meaning of this clause;
(ii) “Central Food Laboratory” means any laboratory or institute established or specified under Sec. 4;
(iii) “Committee” means the Central Committee for Food Standards constituted under Sec. 3;
(iv) “Director of the Central Food Laboratory” means the person appointed by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette as the Director of the Central Food Laboratory and includes any person appointed by the Central Government in li
ke manner to perform all or any of the functions of the Director under this Act:
6[Provided that no person who has any financial interest in the manufacture, import or sale of any article of food shall be appointed to be a Director under this clause;]
7[(v) “Food” means any article used as food or drink for human consumption other than drugs and water and includes,
(a) Any article, which ordinarily enters into, or is used in the composition or preparation of, human food,
(b) Any flavouring matter or condiments, and
(c) Any other article which the Central Government may, having regard to its use, nature, substance or quality declare, bv notification in the official Gazette, as food for the purposes of this Act;]
7[(vi) “Food (Health) Authority” means the Director of Medical and Health Services or the Chief Officer in-charge of health administration in a State, by whatever designation he is known, and includes any officer empowered by the Central Government or the State Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Food (Health) Authority under this Act with respect to such local area as may be specified in the notification;]
(vii) “Local area” means any area, whether urban or rural, declared by 8[the Central Government or the State Government] by notification the Official Gazette, to be a local area for the purposes of this Act;
(viii) “Local authority” means in the case of:
(1) A local area which is-
(a) A municipality, the municipal board or municipal corporation;
(b) A cantonment, the cantonment authority;
(c) A notified area, the notified committee;
(2) Any other area, such authority as may be prescribed by 9[the Central Government or the State Government] under this Act;
10[(viii-a) “Local (Health) Authority” , in relation to a local area, means the officer appointed bv the Central Government or the State Government by notification in the Official Gazette, to be in-charge of health administration in such area with such designation as may be specified therein;
(Viii-b) “Manufacture” includes any process incidental or ancillary to the manufacture of an article of food;]
(ix) “Misbranded” -an article of food shall be deemed to be, misbranded-
(a) If it is an imitation of, is a substitute for, or resembles in a manner likely to deceive, another article of food under the name of which it is sold, and is not plainly and conspicuously labelled so as to indicate its true character;
(b) If it is falsely stated to be the product of any place or country
(c) If it is sold by a name which belongs to another article of food;
(d) If it is so coloured, flavored or coated, powered or polished that the fact that the article damaged is concealed or if the article is made to appear better or of greater value than it really is;
(e) If false claims are made for it upon the label or otherwise;
(f) If, when sold in packages which have been sealed or prepared by or at the instance of the manufacturer or producer and which bear his name and address, the contents of each package are not conspicuously and correctly stated on the outside there of within the limits of variability prescribed under this Act:
(g) If the package containing it, or the label on the package bears any statement, design of device regarding the ingredients or the substances contained therein, which is false or misleading in any material particular, or if the package is otherwise deceptive with respect to its contents;
(h) If the package containing it or the label on the package bears the name of a fictitious individual or company as the manufacturer or producer of the article;
(i) If it purports to be, or is represented as being, for special die
tarty uses, unless its label bears such information as may be prescribed concerning its vitamin, mineral, or other dietary properties in order sufficiently to inform its purchaser as to its value for such uses:
(j) If it contains any artificial flavouring, artificial colouring or chemical preservative, without a declaratory label stating that fact, or in contravention of the requirements of this Act or rules made thereunder;
(k) If it is not labelled in accordance with the requirements of this Act or rules made thereunder:
(x) “Package” means a box, bottle, gasket, tin, barrel, case, receptacle, sack, bag, wrapper or other thing in which an article of food is placed or packed;
(xi) “Premises” include any shop, stall or place where any article of food is sold or manufactured or stored for sale:
(xii) “Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
11[xii-a) “Primary food” means any article of food, being a produce of agriculture or horticulture in its natural form;]
(xiii) “Sale” with its grammatical and cognate expressions, means the sale of any article of food, whether for cash or on credit or by way of exchange and whether by wholesale or retail, for human consumption or use, or for analysis, and includes an agreement for sale, an offer for sale, the exposing for sale or having in possession for sale of any such article, and includes also an attempt to sell any such article:
(xiv) “Sample” means a sample of any article of food taken under the provisions of this Act or any rules made thereunder:
(xv) The words “unwholesome” and “noxious” when used in relation to an article of food mean respectively that the article is harmful to health or repugnant to human use.
Maharashtra. – In Sec. 2 of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act. 1954 (37of] 1954) to Cl. (VI) the following proviso shall be added
“Provided that the Commissioner of Food and Drugs Administration Maharashtra State, appointed as such by the State Government shall on the commencement of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Maharashtra (Amendment) Act,1969 (.XIII of 1970), be the Food (Health) Authority in the State of Maharashtra.” 12
In Cl. (viii). After sub-clause (2), the following proviso shall be added, namely:
“Provided that ” local authority in the case of a local area in the State of Maharashtra, means such authority or officer of the State Government as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint for the local area specified in the notification.”
1. Ins. by Act 34 of 1976, Sec. 2 (w.e.f. Ist. April,1976).
2. Clause (f) renumbered as Cl. (i-a) by Sec. 2 ibid.
3. The word “disgusting” omitted by Sec. 2 ibid.
4. Subs. by Sec. 2 ibid, for the sub-clause (f) (w.e.f. Ist. April,1976).
5. Subs. by ibid, for the sub-clause (i) (w.e.f. Ist. April,1976).
6. Ins. by Act 34 of l976, Sec.2 (w.e.f. Ist April,1976)
7. Subs. by ibid.
8. Subs. by Act 49 of 1964. Sec. 2 for “the State Government” (w.e.f. Ist. March,1965).
9. Ins. by Act 34 of 1976 Sec. 2 (w.e.f. Ist. April,1976).
10. Subs. by Act 49 of 1964. Sec. 2 for “the State Government” (w.e.f. Ist. March 1965.
11. Ins. by Act 34 of 1976. Sec. 2 (w.e.f. Ist. April,1976).
12. Vide the Maharashtra Act,1970 (XIII of 1970), published in the Maharashtra Government Gazette. Extraordinary, Pt. IV. No. 16 dated 12the. March,1970).