The Delhi High Court stayed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India‘s (FSSAI) notification, which said that no stage of manufactured silver leaf (chandi-ka-warq), use of animal or animal origin would be permissible, on Friday.
The effective date of enforcement of the impugned notification is set to be August 1.
The court has sought reply from the FSSAI and the Centre regarding the notification as well.
The said notification also said that the food grade should have uniform thickness, free from creases and folds, better weight and fineness.
A petition was filed by around 20,000 small traders against the notification and said that the FSSAI notification has no basis of defining Silver Leaf and has no rational as well.
“It rather appears that the same has been inserted not for any scientific or hygienic reason, but for some extrinsic reason which is essentially connected or related to sentiments,” the petition said.
The petitioners also claimed that their products are analysed in a reputed laboratory to ascertain and confirm the standard.
The next date of hearing in this matter is set to be August 29.