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Disclosure regarding vegetarian or non-vegetarian is part of consumer awareness; Article 21 and 25 are impacted by what’s served on the consumer’s platter; - Delhi High Court

Lawstreet Journal 5 Mar 2022 3:16am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Disclosure regarding vegetarian or non-vegetarian is part of consumer awareness; Article 21 and 25 are impacted by what’s served on the consumer’s platter; - Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court observed that it is imperative that explicit disclosure of a food article being vegetarian or non-vegetarian is made, as it determines the right of an individual under Article 21 and 25 of the Constitution of India.

The Court said that complete knowledge of what has been served for consumption is paramount part of consumer awareness. 

The matter was heard by the bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma. 

The plea sought strict guidelines towards the implementation of the existing Rules mandating food manufacturers to label their products according to the nature of the ingredients used therein. The Court added that the objectives of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 are futile in the absence of the authority’s revelation of the food article being vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

It therefore directed that “the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to issue a fresh communication to the authorities concerned to state the obligation for making a clear disclosure of food article as to whether it was vegetarian or non-vegetarian.”

"Since the right of every person under Article 21 and Article 25 is impacted by what is offered on a platter, in our view it is fundamental that a full and complete disclosure regarding the food article being vegetarian or non-vegetarian is made a part of consumer awareness," the Court ordered. 

The Court also directed FSSAI and Central Government to file their respective detailed counter affidavits. The matter has been listed for a… Continue Reading...


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