Friday, August 3, 2012
Madras High Court has vacated its stay on Section 31(7) of Food Safety and Standard Act and Rules under which a chain of distribution outlets operating across a state or the country was required to obtain as many licences as the number of stores.
Allowing a petition by The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to vacate the stay, Justice V Ramasubramanian held what had been inserted in the provision was not something that was not already in existence. The requirement to obtain different licences had been in vogue for the past more than 30 years and in such circumstances, there was no question of issuing an order of injunction restraining the respondent from enforcing the provision, the Judge said.
He also dismissed a batch of miscellaneous petitions from a company and an association of manufacturers and exporters of agricultural products.