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Right to life also includes right to pure food, beverages: SC

The right to life and human dignity also encompasses the right to have food articles and beverages which are free from harmful residues such as pesticides and insecticides, the Supreme Court has said.

A bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri also asked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to 'gear up their resources with their counterparts in all the states and union territories and conduct periodical inspection and monitoring of major fruits and vegetable markets.'

'Enjoyment of life and its attainment, including right to life and human dignity encompasses within its ambit availability of articles of food, without insecticides or pesticides residues, veterinary drugs residues, antibiotic residues, solvent residues, etc,' the bench, in its 26-page judgement, said.
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