Doc­tor gets two years in jail; failed to pay Rs 70 lakh re­lief in neg­li­gence case

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The UT Con­sumer Dis­putes Re­dres­sal Com­mis­sion has sen­tenced Dr San­jay Saluja, an orthopaedic sur­geon, to two-year im­pris­on­ment for fail­ing to pay over Rs 70 lakh as com­pen­sa­tion af­ter be­ing held guilty of med­i­cal neg­li­gence. The com­mis­sion has also di­rected the doc­tor to pay a fine of Rs 10,000. In de­fault of pay­ment of the fine, he will have to un­dergo fur­ther sim­ple im­pris­on­ment for six months.

Ear­lier, Ab­hishek Ah­luwalia had filed an ex­e­cu­tion ap­pli­ca­tion for en­force­ment of the or­der dated 1 July 2014, passed by the Na­tional Con­sumer Dis­putes Re­dres­sal Com­mis­sion, New Delhi, in first ap­peal hold­ing the doc­tor guilty of med­i­cal neg­li­gence and grant­ing a to­tal of Rs 70,00,000 as com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim. The com­mis­sion had held that the leg of the vic­tim had to be am­pu­tated in 2003 due to the neg­li­gence of the doc­tor in treat­ing a frac­tured leg. Thus, his life had been crip­pled and he would have to live in such a con­di­tion through­out his life.

The UT com­mis­sion held that “there has been a de­fi­ance of the or­der dated 1 July 2014, passed in first ap­peal by the na­tional com­mis­sion. There is no stay from the Supreme Court so far. The judge­ment debtor failed to com­ply with the or­der. This ex­hibits his will­ful and in­ten­tional de­fi­ance of the or­der. Thus, the con­duct of Dr San­jay Saluja can­not be said to be bona fide.”

FDA or­ders re­call of Maggi noo­dles, claims to have found ex­cess lead

Food Safety and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) has or­dered Nes­tle In­dia to re­call a batch of Maggi noo­dles from shops across the coun­try, say­ing the prod­uct con­tained dan­ger­ous lev­els of lead. The FDA in Ut­tar Pradesh said high lead con­tent was found dur­ing rou­tine tests on two dozen pack­ets of in­stant noo­dles, man­u­fac­tured by Nes­tle in In­dia.

Two FDA of­fi­cials said all the pack­ets of in­stant noo­dles tested in the state-run lab­o­ra­tory were con­tam­i­nated. They found a lead con­cen­tra­tion of 17.2 parts per mil­lion (ppm), nearly seven times the per­mis­si­ble limit. The FDA of­fi­cials said the ac­cept­able limit of lead ranges be­tween 0.01 ppm and 2.5 ppm. The sci­en­tists also found high lev­els of added monosodium glu­ta­mate (MSG), a taste en­hancer, in the noo­dles.

Nes­tle In­dia, a sub­sidiary of Swiss-based Nes­tle SA , said it had strict safety and qual­ity con­trols in place for all raw ma­te­ri­als used to make Maggi noo­dles.

“We do not add MSG to Maggi Noo­dles, and glu­ta­mate, if present, may come from nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sources. We are sur­prised with the con­tent sup­pos­edly found in the sam­ple as we mon­i­tor the lead con­tent regularly as a part of the reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments,” a state­ment from the com­pany said.

A com­pany spokesman con­firmed Ut­tar Pradesh had or­dered it to with­draw the batch dat­ing back to March 2014, but added the items con­cerned had ei­ther al­ready been con­sumed or were be­yond the sell-by date, mak­ing the re­call dif­fi­cult.

Food reg­u­la­tor or­ders re­call of Hec­tor Bev­er­ages’ Tzinga, terms it ‘un­safe’

The Food Safety & Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia has or­dered the re­call of energy drink brand Tzinga of Hec­tor Bev­er­ages, terming it ‘un­safe’.

“You are di­rected to re­call all the ex­ist­ing prod­ucts (un­der Tzinga) from mar­ket un­der in­ti­ma­tion to FSSAI as the same has been de­clared un­safe,” the Food Safety & Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) wrote to Hec­tor Bev­er­ages in a let­ter dated 12 May.

This is a rare case when the food au­thor­ity has di­rected a com­pany to en­tirely with­draw its prod­ucts. So far, it has mainly di­rected firms to ei­ther change for­mu­la­tions or la­belling on their packs.

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