the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has announced incentives to whistleblowers who give cash for information on food adulteration.
Under the scheme, the whistleblower can provide information regarding an offence relating to the “manufacture, storage, distribution, sale or import of any food article unfit for human consumption, about any article of misbranded food, or food containing extraneous matters or adulterants.” Information can also be passed on about the processing or manufacturing of food in unhygienic or unsanitary conditions, and manufacture, storage, distribution, sale or import of food adulterant.
The scheme is prevention-oriented as informants can also pass on information about a suspicion of the possibility of adulteration, and not just after the offence has been committed.
The quantum of reward will be determined on the severity of the offence under FSS Act, 2006 and the extent of possible injury to the consumer. The reward amount ranges between Rs 500 and Rs 50 lakh.