Food and Drugs Act

Link to law: http://www.moj.gov.jm/laws/food-and-drugs-act
Published: 1975-08-04

FOOD AND DRUGS

THE FOOD AND DRUGS 'ACT ,

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PART I. preliminary . . . .

1. Short title.
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2. Interpretation.

PART 11. Foods, ~ r u k s . Cosmerics and Devices
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GENERAL,. . .
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3. No food, drug, etc., to be advertised or sold for the:treatment, etc., of
certain diseases.

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4. Restrictions on importation.

FOOD

5. Prohibited sales of food. . .

6. Food to be correctly labelled, packaged, etc.

7. Insanitary conditions.

DRUGS

8. Prohibited sales of drugs.

9. Drugs to be correctly labelled, packaged, etc.

10. lnsanitary conditions.

I I . Distribution of samples.

COSMETICS

12. Prohibited sales of cosmetics.

13. Cosmetic to be correctly labelled, packaged, etc.

14. lnsanitary conditions.

DEVICES

15. Prohibited saIes of devices.

16. Devices to be correctly labelled, packaged, etc.

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PART 111. Administration and Enforcement

17. Designation of officers.

18. Administrative expenses.

19. Powers and duties of inspectors and analysts.

20. Disposal of article seized. .

21. Power of Minister to make regulations.

22. Procedure with respect to regulations.

23. Power of Minister to require information.

24. Establishment of Advisory Committees.

OFFENCES

25. Offences.

26. Offence by body corporate.

27. Fiat of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

28. Penalties in regulations.

28A. Minister may amend monetary penalties.

EVIDENCE

29. Want of knowledge.

30. Presumptions.

3 1 . Possession of adulterating substances.

32. Name of manufacturer.

33. Certificates of analysis.

34. Copies of records.

SCHEDULES

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THE FOOD AND DRUGS ACT Law
46 of 1964.

Acts

[4th August, 1975.1 1974*
70f 1996,

Sch.

PART I. Preliminary

1. This Act may be cited as the Food and.Drugs Act. short title

2. In this Act-

"advertisement" includes any representation by any means'
whatever for the purpose of promoting directly or indi-
rectly the sale or disposal of any food, drug, cosmetic
or device;

"analyst" means an analyst designated under section 17;

"article to which this Act applies" includes- .

(a ) any food, drug, cosmetic or device;

(b) anything used for the manufacture, preparation,
preservation, packaging or storing thereof;

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(c) any labeling or advertising material;

"cosmetic" includes any substance or mixture of substances
manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing,
improving or altering the complexion, skin, lips, hair,
fingernails or toenails, teeth, and includes deodorants
and perfumes;

"device" means any instrument, apparatus, or contrivance
including components, parts and accessories thereof,
manufactured or sold or represented for use in the
diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a

' disease, disorder, abnormal physical state or the symp-
toms thereof in man or animal;

Interpreta-
tion.

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"drug" means any substance or mixture of substances
manufactured, sold or represented for use in-

(a) the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention
of a disease, disorder, abnormal physical state or
the symptoms thereof in man or animal;

(b) restoring, correcting or modifying organic func-
tions in man. or animal;

(c) -disinfection in premises in'which food is manu-
factured, prepared, preserved, packaged or stored
for sale or sold or for the control of vermin or
insects in such premises;

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"food" includes any article used for food or drink by man,
chewing gum and any ingredient that may be mixed
with food or drink for any purpose;

"importer" in.relation to an imported article, includes any
person who, whether as owner, consignee, agent or
broker is in possession of the article or any way
entitled to the custody or control of it;

"insanitary conditions" means such conditions or circum-
stances as might contaminate a food, drug or cosmetic
as the case may be with dirt or filth or render the same
injurious to health or unsafe for use;

"inspector'? means an inspecto; designated under section
' 17;

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"label" includes any legend, word, record or mark attached
to, included in, 'belonging 'to, or accompanying any
food, drug, cosmetic, device or package;

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"'package" includes anything in which any food, drug,
cosmetic or device is wholly or partly contained,
placed or packed;

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“sell” includes offer for sale, expose for sale, have in
possession for purposes of sale (whether by the
person in possession or by some other person)
and distribute.

(2) Where in this Act the expression “this Act” is
used it shall be deemed to include references to regulations
made under this Act.

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PART 11. Foods, Drugs, Cosmetics and Devices -
GENERAL

3.-(1) A person shall not advertise any food, drug, Nofwd,
d N & etc.. cometic or device to the general public for the treatment, tabs

prevention or cure of any of the diseases, disorders or $;?!
abnormal physical states mentioned in the First Schedule. thetmt-

(2 ) A person shall not sell any food, drug, cosmetic d1-s
mat , ctc.,
of certain

Flnt or devi- SehedlIlC.
(U) that is represented by label; or
(b) that he advertises to the general public,

for the treatment, prevention or cure of any of the diseases,
disorders or abnormal physical states mentioned in the First
Schedule.

4.-(1) Except as provided by the regulations, a person Rcstri*
shall not import into the Island any food, drug, cosmetic hPm-
or device unless it wholly conforms to the law of the tlon.
country in which it was manufactured or produced and
is accompanied by a certificate in prescribed form and
manner that it does not contravene any known requirement
of the law of that country and that its sale therein for
consumption or use by or for man or animal, as the case
may be, would not constitute a violation of the law thereof.

’ (2) A person shall not sell any food, drug, cosmetic
or device imported into the Island in contravefition of
subsection (1).

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(3) Except as provided by the regulations a person
shall not import into the Island any food, drug, cosmetic
or device, the sale of which would be an offence under
this Act.

FOOD
Prolubited

food.

5. A person shall not sell any food that-
salo of

(a) has in or upon it any poisonous or harmful sub
stance;

(b) is unfit for human consumption;
(c) consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid,

disgusting, rotten, decomposed or diseased animal
or vegetable substance;

(6) is adulterated; or
(e) was manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged

or stored under insanitary conditions.

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6 . 4 1 ) A person shall not label, package, treat, process,
sell or advertise any food in a manner that is false, mis-
leading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous
impression regarding its character, value, quantity, com-
position, merit or safety.

(2 ) Any food that is not labelled or packaged as
required by the regulations, or is labelled or packaged
contrary to the regulations, shall be deemed to be labelled
or packaged contrary to subsection (1).

(3) Where a standard has been prescribed for a food,
a person shall not label, package, sell or advertise any
article in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken
for such food, unless the article complies with the pre-
scribed standard.

etc.

m a n i t a r y 7. A person shall not manufacture, prepare, preserve,
package or store for sale any food under h a n i w con-
ditions.

conditions.

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DRUGS
8. A person shall not sell any drug that-

(U) was manufactured, prepared, preserve-, package1

(b) is adulterated; or
(c) is stale.

or stored under insanitary conditions;

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Prohibited
sales of
drugs.

9 .41) A person shall not label, package, treat, process, Dnrl(stok
sell or advertise any drug in a manner that is false, mis- fiE$y
leading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous e g d .
impression regarding its character, value, quantity, com-
p i t ion , merit or safety.

(2) A drug that is not labelled or packaged as required
by the regulations, or is labelled or packaged contrary to
the regulations, shall be deemed to be labelled or packaged
contrary to subsection (1).

(3) Where a standard has been prescribed for a drug,
a person shall not label, package, sell or advertise aqy
substance in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken
for such drug, unless the substance complies with the pre-
scribed standard.

(4) Where a standard has not been prescribed for a
drug, but a standard for the drug is contained in any publica-
tion mentioned in the Second Schedule, a person shall not wad
label, package, sell or advertise any substance in such a
manner that it is likely to be mistaken for such drug, unless
the substance complies with such standard.

(5) Where a standard for a drug has not been pres-
cribed and no standard for the drug is contained in any
publication mentioned in the Second Schedule, a person
s h a l l not sell such drug, unless-

(a) it is in accordance with the professed standard
under which it is sold; and

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(b) it does not resemble, in a manner likely to deceive,
any drug for which a standard has been prescribed
or which is contained in any publication mentioned
in the Second Schedule.

10. A person shall not manufacture, prepare, preserve,
package or store for sale any drug under insanitary con-
ditions.

11.41) A person shall not distribute or cause to be
distributed any drug as a sample.

(2) Subsection (1) shall not apply to the distribution
of samples of drugs to registered medical practitioners,
registered dentists or veterinary surgeons, or by a mauu.
facturer of drugs to any person acting as a distributor of
drugs on behalf of such manufacturer.

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Iu=nltary
oonditlons.

Distribuhon
of samples.

Prohibited
sales of
cosmetics.

12. A person shall not sell any cosmetic that-
(a) has in or upon it any substance that may cause

injury to the health of the user when the cosmetic
is used-

(i) according to the directions on the label or
accompanying such cosmetic; or

(ii) for such purposes and by such methods of

(b) consists in whole or in part of any filthy or de-
composed substance or of any foreign matter, or

(c) was manufactured, prepared, preserved, packagd
or stored under insanitary conditions.

Cosmetic to 13. Where a standard has been prescribed for a cosmetic, rz,p a person shall not label, package, sell or advertise my
et f pckwL article in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken

for such cosmetic, unless the article complies with the
prescribed standard.

use as are customary or usual therefor,

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14. A person shall not manufacture, prepare, preserve, Insanitary
condiuoru. package or store for sale any cosmetic under instanitary

conditions.
DEVICES

15. A person shall not sell any device that, when used Prohbitcd
sllea of according to directions or under such conditions as are deviac

customary or usual, may cause injury to the health of the
purchaser or user thereof.

16.41) A person shall not label, package, treat, process, ~ ~ i ~ t o
sell or advertise any device in a manner that is false, mis-
leading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous d a g c d .
impression regarding its character, value composition, merit
or safety.

(2) A device that is not labelled or packaged as
required by the regulations, or is labelled or packaged
contrary to the regulations, shall be deemed to be labelled
or packaged contrary to subsection (1).

(3) Where a standard has been prescribed for a
device, a person shall not, label, package, sell or advertise
any article in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken
for such device, unless the article complies with the pres-
cribed standard.

PmT III. Administration and Enforcement

etc

17. The Minister may from time to time designate any D .
public officer whether by name or by the title of his office of=3iz?
to be an inspector or analyst for the purposes of this Act.

18. There shall be defrayed out of sums provided for ~dmioisb-
the purpose by Parliament all expenses properly incurred 2-
in the administration of this Act.

19-41) An inspector may at any reasonable time- POwtr5Sod
(a) enter any place where he reasonably believes any inspectors

food, drug, cosmetic or device is manufactured,
dutim of

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prepared, preserved, packaged or stored for sale
or sold, examine such food, drug, cosmetic or
device and take samples thereof free of charge
and examine anything that he reasonably believes
is used or is capable of being used for the manu-
facture, preparation, preservation, packaging or
storing thereof;

(b) open and examine any receptacle or package
found in any such place as is mentioned in para-
graph (0) that he reasonably believes contains any
article to which this Act applies;

(c) examine any books, document or other records
found in any such place as is mentioned in para-
graph (a) which he reasonably believes contains
any information that may assist in the enforcement
of this Act and make copies thereof or extracts
therefrom;

(dj seize and detain for such time as may be prescribed
and subject to such conditions as may be pres-
cribed any article by means of or in relation to
which he reasonably believes any provision of
this Act has been contravened.

(2) An inspector may examine or analyse any article
seized by him or any sample therefrom or any sample
taken by him or submit such article or sample to an analyst
for examination or analysis.

(3) Where an inspector or analyst has made an
examination or analysis he may issue a certificate or re
port setting out the result of his examination or analysis.

(4) An inspector shall be furnished with a certificate
of designation and on entering any place pursuant to sub-
section (1) he shall, if required to do so, produce the certifi-
cate to the person in charge of the place.

( 5 ) The owner or person in charge of a place entered
by an inspector pursuant to subsection (1) and every person

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found therein shall give the inspector all reasonable assist-
ance m their power and shall furnish him with such in-
formation as he may reasonably require.

(6) Any article seized under this Act may at the
option of an inspector be stored or kept in the building
or place where it was seized or may on his direction be
removed to any other place which he considers satisfactory
for the- purpose.

him under this Act when he is satisfied that all the pro- ~eipd.
visions of this Act with respect thereto have been complied
with.

(2) Where a person has been convicted of an offence
under this Act, the court may order that any article by
means of or in relation to which the offence was committed,
belonging to the accused, be forfeited and upon such order
being made, such article shall be forfeited and may be
destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the Minister may
direct.

24l.-(l) An inspector shall release any article seized by D ~ S W S ~
of article

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21. The Minister may make regulations for carrying the ~ o w c r o f
purposes and provisions of this Act into effect and in parti- m a ~ e r ~ g ~ -
cular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing lationa.
may make regulations-

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(U) declaring that any food, drug or class of food or
drugs is adulterated if any prexribed substance
or class of substances is present therein or has been
added thereto or extracted or omitted theiefrom;

(b) respting-
(i) the labelling and packaging and the offer-

ing, exposing and advertising for sale of
food, drugs, cosmetics ana devices;

(3 the size, dimensions, fill and other specifica-
tions of packages of food, drugs, cosmetics
and devices;

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(iii) the sale, the prohibition of sale or the con-
ditions of sale of any food, drug, cosmetic
or device; and

(iv) the use, the prohibition of use or the con-
ditions of use of any substance as an in-
gredient in any food, drug, cosmetic or
device,

to prevent the consumer or purchaser thereof from
being deceived or misled as to its quantity, charac-
ter, value, composition, merit or safety or to pre-
vent injury to the health of the consumer or
purchaser;

(c) prescribing standards of composition, strength
potency, purity, quality or other property of any
article of food, drug, cosmetic or device;

(4 respecting the importation of foods, drugs, cos-
metics and devices, in order to ensure compliance
with this Act;

(e) respecting the method of preparation, manufacture,
preserving, packaging, storing and testing of any
food, drug, cosmetic or device in the interests of, or
for the prevention of injury to, the health of the
consumer or purchaser;

V, providing for the registration of drugs or devices,
the granting of licences for the manufacture or
importation of any drug or device and the im-
position of fees in respect of any such registration
or licencq

(g) exempting any food, drug, cosmetic or device from
all or any of the provisions of this Act and p r e
scribing the conditions of such exemption;

(h) prescribing forms for the purposes of this Act;
(tl respecting the powers and duties of inspectors and

analysts and the taking of samples and the seinue,
detention, forfeiture and disposal of articles;

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63 providing for the analysis of food, drugs, or cos-
metics other than for the purposes of this Act
and prescribing a tariff of fees to be paid for such
analysis;

(k) adding anything to or deleting anything from
either of the Schedules, in the interests of, or for
the protection of the public health;

0 requiring persons who sell food, drugs, cosmetics
or devices to maintain such books and records as
the Minister considers necessary for the proper
enforcement and administration of this Act and
to produce such books and records to any person
authorized in that behalf by the Minister;

(m) prescribing anything required to be prescribed
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22.41) A draft of all regulations proposed to be made P$=dmus
under section 21 shall be published in the Gazette so as m d a -
to permit representations to be made to the Minister by
any person concerning any provision of the regulations to
which that person objects.

(2) The Minister shall, when making the regulations,
consider every such objection if made in writing within
thirty days of the date of publication of the draft regula-
tions.

(3) Where the Minister conciders it necessary in the
public interest or in the interest of, or for the protection
of the public health, he may make regulations under section
21 without regard to the provisions of subsection (0, so,
however, that any regulations so made shall be subject to
negative resolution.

23.41) For the purpose of enabling him to exercise his powaof
functions under this Act, the Minister may by order require reqrure
every person who at the date of the order or at any sub- S o m t i o n .
sequent time carries on a business which includes the

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production, importation or use of substances of any class
specified in the order to furnish to the Minister, within
such time as may be so specified, such particulars as may
be so specified, of the composition and use of any sub-
stances which in the course of that business are used,
or sold for use, in the preparation of food, drugs or cos-
metics.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection
(11, an order made thereunder may require the following
particulars to be furnished m respect of any substance, that
is to say-

(U) particulars of the composition and chemical form-
ula of the substance;

(b) particulars of the manner in which the substance
is used or proposed to be used in the preparation
of food, drug or cosmetic;

(c) particulars of any investigations carried out by or
to the knowledge of the person carrying on the
business in question, for the purpose of determin-
ing whether and to what extent the substance, or
any product formed when the substance is used
as aforesaid, is injurious to, OT in any other way
a f k t s health;

(4 particulars of any investigations or inquiries
carried out by or to the knowledge of the person
carrying on the business in quedion for the pur-
pose of determining the cumulative effect on the
health of a person oonsuming the substance in
ordinary quantities.

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mcnt Advisory f
c o m m i m

24.-(1) The Minister may establiih-
(a) a Food Advisory Committee to assist and advise

him with respect to food standards, labelling and
other matters connected with the manufacture and
distribution of foods in the interest of, and for
the piokction of, the public health,

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(b) a Drug Advisory Committee to assist and advise him
with respect to drug standards, conditions of sale of
drugs and any other matters connected therewith in

. .the interest of, and .for the protection -of, the public
health.

(2) A committee established under subsection (1) shall
be representative of lay and professional interests and shall com-
prise such person as by reason of their knowledge, interest and
experience are considered suitable for appointment thereto.

25. Every person who- Offences.

(a) >moves or causes or allows to be moved any article in
contravention of this Act;

(b) assaults or obstructs any officer designated under this
Act acting in the execution of his duty under this Act;

(c) bribes or attempts to bride any inspector or analyst in
connection with any matter arising in the exercise or
performance of his powers or duties under this Act;

(4 being an inspector or analyst accepts any bribe in con-
nection with any matter arising in the exercise or per-
formance of his powers or duties under this Act;

(e) knowingly gives false or misleading information to an
inspector;

. ' u> contravenes sections 3 to 16 inclusive or subsection (5)
of section 19,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall on summary conviction
before a Resident Magistrate be liable to a fine not exceeding

, one million dollars or to imprisonment with or without hard 71'996
S. 2.

labour for a term not exceeding twelve months. 7no1 I
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Offence by
body cor-
porate.

26. Where a person committing an offence against this Act
is a body corporate, the chairman, president, the officers and
every director thereof concerned in the management of the
body corporate, shall be guilty of the sanle offence unless he
proves that the act or omission constituting the offence took
place without his knowledge or that he exercised all due dili-
gence to prevent the commission thereof.

Fiat of the
Director of
Public
Prosecutions.

Penalties in
regulations.

7R011
Sch.

Minister
may amend
monetary
penalties.
7ROl l
Sch.

27. A prosecution for an offence under paragraph (c) or (6)
of section 25 shall not be instituted without the sanction of the
Director of Public Prosecutions.

28. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 29 of the
Interpretation Act regulations made under section 21 or an order
made under section 23 may prescribe greater penalties than
those specified in the said section 29, so, however, that the
maximum penalty that may be imposed by any such regulations
shall be a fine of one million dollars or imprisonment with or
without hard labour for a term of twelve months.

28A. The Minister may, by order subject totaffirmative reso-
lution, amend the monetary penalties specified in this Act.

Want of 29.-(1) In a prosecution for the sale of any article in con-
knowledge. travention of this Act, if the person charged proves to the satis-

faction of the Resident Magistrate that-
(a) he purchased the article from another person in pack-

aged form and sold it in the same package and in the
same condition the article was in at the .time he pur-
chased it; and

(b) that he could not with reasonable diligence have ascer-
tained that the sale of the article' would be in contra-
vention of this Act,

the person charged shall be acquitted.
(2) Subsection (1) shall not apply in any prosecution

unless the accused, at least ten, days before -the day fixed

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for the trial, has given to the prosecutor notice in writing
that he intends to avail himself of the provisions of sub-
section (1) and has disclosed to the prosecutor the name
and address of the person from whom he purchased the
article and the date of purchase.

3 0 4 1 ) For the purpose of this Act- W P
lions.

(U) any article commonly used for human consump
tion shall, if sold, be presumed, until the contrary
is proved, to have been sold for human consump-
tiOW

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(b) any article commonly used for human consumption
which is found on premises used for the manu-
facture, preparation, preservation, packaging or
storage for sale or sale of that article and any
article commonly used in the manufacture or pre-
servation of products for human consumption
which is found on premises used for the manu-
facture, preparation, preservation, packaging or
storage for sale or sale of these products, shall be
presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be in-
tended for sale, or for manufacturing products for
sale, for human consumption;

(c) any substance capable of being used in the com-
position or preparation of any article commonly
used for human consumption which is found on
premises on which that article is prepared shall,
until the contrary is proved, be presumed to be
intended for such use.

(2) In a prosecution for an offence under this Act
it shall be suilicient proof of the offence to establish that
it was committed by & employee or agent of the accused
whether or not such employee or agent has been prosecutad
for the offence; and for the purposes of this subsection,
any person selling or ostensibly employed to sell shall be
presumed to be employed to sell.

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Possession
of adulter-
ating sub-
stances.

Name of
manufac-
turer.

certificate3
of analysis.

31. Where a person is prosecuted under this Act for
having manufactured an adulterated food or drug for sale,
and it is established that-

(a) the food OT drug has by regulation been declared
to be adulterated if any prescribed substance has
been added thereto; and

(b) such person had in his possession or on his pre-
mises any such prescribed substance,

the onus of proving that the food or drug was not adulter-
ated by the addition of such substance shall be on the
person charged.

32. Proof that a package containing any article to which
this Act applies bore a name or address purporting to be
the name or address of the person by whom it was manu-
factured or packaged shall be prima facie proof, in a prose-
cution for a contravention of this Act, that the article was
manufactured or packaged, as the case may be, by the per-
son whose name or address appeared on the package.

33.-(1) Subject to subsection (21, the certificate of an
inspector or analyst stating that he has examined or
analysed an article or sample for the purposes of this Act
and stating the result of his examination or analysis shall
be admissible in evidence in a prosecuition €or a contra-
vention of this Act and shall be primo fmie proof of the
statements contained in the certificate but the party against
whom it is produced may require the attendance of the
inspector or analyst for the purpose of cross-examining
him.

(2) A certificate under subsection (1) shall be not
admissible in evidence unless the party intending to pro-
duce it has before the trial given to the party against whom
il is intended to produce it reasonable notice of such inten-
tion and a copy of the certificate

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34. In a prosecution for a contravention of this Act a CopiEsof
records. copy of a record or an extract therefrom certified to be. a

true copy by the inspector who made it pursuant to para-
graph (c) of subsection (1) of section 19 shall be admissible
in evidence and shall be prima jack proof of the contents
thereof.

f FtRST %XBDlJLG (Sections 3. 21)
Alcoholism
Appendicitis
Arteriosclerosis
Blood Poisoning
Bright’s Disease
Cancers and Sarcomas
Cataract
Diabetes
Disorders of menstrual flow
Disorders of the prostatic gland
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