Haryana Becomes First State to Implement IMS Act 2003
Rohtak (I-Haryana News): Haryana on Saturday with raids on the premises of a wholesale distributor of Nestle infant milk substitute food products at Rohtak has started the implementation of Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 1992 and subsequent Amendment Act 2003, which discourage use of bottled and packaged feeds, directly or indirectly.
Section 9 of the IMS Act states that:
(a) No person who produces, supplies, distributes or sells infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles or infant foods shall offer or give, directly or indirectly, any financial inducements or gifts to a health worker or to any member of his family for the purpose of promoting the use of such substitutes or bottles or foods.
(b) No producer, supplier or distributor referred to in sub-section (i), shall offer or give any contribution or pecuniary benefit to a health worker or any association of health workers, including funding of seminar, meeting, conferences, educational course, contest, fellowships, research work or sponsorship.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, through their recent notification has also advised the State/ UT governments to ensure the relevant legal provisions in the interest of health of children.
With this raid as under IMS Act Haryana became the first State in the country to implement Infant Milk Substitute (IMS) Act of a wholesale distributor of Nestle infant milk substitute food products namely M/s Satnarayan and Company, New Grain Market, Rohtak has been raided jointly by a team of Health Department and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Haryana."