Restraining usage of dipping tongue method in food packaging: Madras High Court issues notice in Plea

  • Shruti Kakkar
  • 02:43 PM, 10 Jun 2021

The Madras High Court has issued notice in a plea for issuance of appropriate direction to all the Hotels, Restaurants, bakeries, Groceries and all types of Food Packaging Industries to instruct and educate its employees not to dip the tongue by finger to separate the all types of covers and not to blow to enlarge the covers which are using to pack food items and consequently. 

Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice SenthilKumar Ramamoorthy while seeking state’s response has directed the state to file a report with regards to the steps taken in pursuance of the suggestions mentioned in the plea. 

Filed through B.Ramkumar Adityan, the plea states that the usual practice of employees at hotels, restaurants, bakeries, groceries and food packaging industries seeking to separate paper or open covers by either touching their fingers to the tongue or by blowing into the covers could be a reason for spreading the pandemic as the virus could travel into the cover and may affect the contents of the cover.

The Court has also directed the State to take note of the petitioner’s suggestions and create awareness or issue instructions to all businesses where such practice may be in vogue to encourage the management to educate the employees so that they refrain from continuing with the practice. 

The matter is expected to be heard after four weeks on July 6, 2021.

Case Title: B.Ramkumar Adityan v. The Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu | W.P.No.12380 of 2021