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HC stays Centre regulation on silver leaf standards

The government's move to prohibit use of animal origin material in the manufacture of silver leaf that is used as a decoration on sweets was on Friday stayed by the Delhi High Court.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar put on hold the operation of an 2016 amendment in the Food Safety and Standards regulations by which use of animal origin material for making silver leaf was prohibited. The court issued notice to the Ministry of Health, which notified the amendment, and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) seeking their stand on a PIL challenging the changed standards of silver leaf and which was to come into effect from August 1 this year.
The bench said that its order and the petition be placed before the Ministry of Health for consideration of the aspect of labelling or marking as non-vegetarian the products using the silver leaf and an affidavit be filed before the next date of hearing on August 29.
The court stayed operation of the July 15, 2016, notification, by which the amendment was notified, saying if it was not put on hold then nearly 1.5 lakh people engaged in manufacture of the item, as claimed in the PIL, would be on the streets without a job.
The amendment in standards of the silver leaf has been challenged by five persons who represent several family-run units which are engaged in manufacture of silver leaf or 'chandi ka warq' by traditional methods.
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