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Can A Person Who Mixes Harmful Ingredients In Food Be Punished?


A person who mixes harmful ingredients in a food or drink shall be Punished under section 272 of the Indian Penal Code which states the adulteration of food or drink intended for sale. Mere adulteration harmless ingredients for the purpose of getting more profit is not punishable under this section, for example, mixing water with milk or ghee with vegetable oil.


“Adulteration” means to mix with any other substance whether wholly different or of the same kind but inferior quality. It is essential that an article of food or drink has been adulterated and that it was intended to sell such an article.


Section 272 Of IPC:- Adulteration of food or drink intended for sale


Whoever adulterates any article of food or drink, so as to make such article noxious as food or drink, intending to sell such article as food or drink, or knowing it to be likely that the same will be sold as food or drink, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.


Classification u/schedule 1 CrPC Offence


Punishment - 6 Months or Fine or Both


Cognizance - Non-Cognizable


Bail - Bailable


Triable By - Any Magistrate


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