Madras HC seeks Centre’s response to plea challenging organic food regulations

The Madras High Court on Monday sought the response of the Centre to a writ petition challenging the validity of Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations of 2017 on the ground that farmers could not be brought under the purview of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) of 2006.

A Division Bench of Justices S. Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad ordered notices, returnable by September 10, to Union Ministries of Agriculture as well as Commerce and Industry on the petition filed by Selvam Ramaswamy of Erode district. He urged the court to declare the regulations unconstitutional.