High Court reprieve for food outlets

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday stayed for three months the operation of certain provisions of the Food and Safety Standards Act, 2006.

The Karnataka Pradesh Hotels and Restaurants Association and Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association had challenged certain sections of the Act.

The petitioners had questioned the regulation which prescribed that every hotel must have a technically qualified person with a diploma or a degree in microbiology to supervise the preparation of food.

The petitioners had termed “impractical” the regulation that prescribed that every food unit must have a microbiology lab and that all food items should be evaluated for their nutritional value.

They have also objected to the rule that the contents of the food items and their nutritional value should be displayed on a board.

Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar, while staying the operation of the regulations, also granted a stay on the notice issued by Commissioner of Food Safety and Family Welfare asking food units to register under the Food Safety and Standards Act, before
August 4.

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