INDIA: Court bars Commissioner of Food Safety from enforcing rules against hotels
Posted: June 3rd, 2012 - 12:32pm
Source: The Hindu
The Madras High Court has granted an interim injunction restraining the Commissioner of Food Safety of Tamil Nadu from enforcing the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011 against the members of the Tamil Nadu Hotels Association and a hotelier of T. Nagar here.
Vacation Judge, Justice K.Venkataraman, passed the interim order on a petition by the association, represented by its president, M. Venkatadasubbu and P.G.R. Ganeshan, the hotelier.
Mr. Justice Venkataraman ordered notice of admission of the petition returnable in three weeks. He said since an interim injunction and stay had been granted by the High Court's Madurai Bench on similar petitions, he was passing the interim order.
In the petition, filed through counsel G. Sankaran, the petitioners challenged the validity of certain regulations framed under the Food Safety and Standards Act. The Centre had enacted the Act to consolidate food laws and establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for laying down scientific standards for food articles and regulating their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import.