FOOD CONTROL ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Appointment of officers and servants.

3. Powers and duties of officers.

4. Prohibition or regulation of transport or removal of food or cattle.

5. Declaration of a substitute for food or for an article of food that has been rationed and the application of the provisions of this Act and the regulations thereunder to such substitute.

6. Regulations.

7. Application of section 7 of the Interpretation Ordinance.

8. Revocation of authorisations issued to distributors, merchants, or dealers, Offences and penalties.

9. Offences and penalties.

10. Protection of officers.

11. Application of Act.

12. Interpretation.

25 of 1950,

30 of 1952,

42 of 1952,

51 of 1958,

32 of 1970,

42 of 1971.

AN ACT to make provision for the regulation and control of the distribution, transport and supply of food.

[Date of Commencement: 9th December, 1950]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Food Control Act.

2. Appointment of officers and servants.

(1) There may be appointed, by name or by office, for the purposes of this Act, a Food Controller and such number of Deputy and Assistant Food Controllers and other officers as may be necessary.

(2) The act of appointment of any Deputy or Assistant Food Controller shall specify whether he is appointed as such for the whole of Sri Lanka or for any part thereof.

(3) There may also be appointed such clerical and minor staff as may be necessary to assist the aforesaid officers in the administration of this Act.

3. Powers and duties of officers.

(1) Every Deputy or Assistant Food Controller shall, in the exercise of his powers, the performance of his duties or the discharge of his functions, be subject to the general direction and control of the Food Controller.

(2) Every Deputy or Assistant Food Controller may, subject to the general direction and control of the Food Controller, within the area for which he is appointed, exercise, perform or discharge all or any of the powers, duties or functions vested in, imposed upon, or assigned to, the Food Controller by or under this Act.

4. Prohibition or regulation of transport or removal of food or cattle.

(1) where the Minister is satisfied that in any regulation of transport or part of Sri Lanka there is or is likely to be removal ofโ€”

(a) a shortage or unreasonable increase in the pro-auction, stocks or supply of any food or article of food; or

(b) any unreasonable diminution or increase in the number of cattle available for slaughter,

the Minister may by Order published in the Gazetteโ€”

(i) prohibit or regulate the transport or removal of any food, article of food or cattle to or from any place or area in Sri Lanka;

(ii) regulate and control the importation into Sri Lanka of any food, article of food or cattle by the introduction of a system of licences or otherwise;

(iii) provide for the allocation, distribution or withdrawal of import licences for the purpose of the regulation or control referred to in paragraph (ii);

(iv) regulate and control the removal of any food, article of food or cattle from, the customs premises or from any warehouse or store within such premises;

(v) assume control of any granary, warehouse or store and prohibit, control or regulate the transport thereto or removal therefrom, of any food, article of food or cattle;

(vi) provide for the allocation of supplies of food, articles of food or cattle to distributors, merchants or dealers, for the organisation and administration of a system of rationing such supplies, for the transport and conveyance of such supplies and for the requisitioning of vehicles and animals for the purpose of such transport or conveyance.

(2) โ€”

(a) Where the Minister is of opinion that it is expedient so to do, he may, by Order published in the Gazetteโ€”

(i) prohibit or restrict the supply, for the purposes of consumption, of any specified food or article of food, and

(ii) regulate or control the supply of food or articles of food for consumption in the form of meals.

(b) Every Order under this subsection shall, save as may be otherwise therein provided, be applicable to any supply by way of sale, and may, in addition, be made applicable to any supply (otherwise than by way of sale) on such occasions or in such circumstances as may be specified in the Order:

Provided, however, that any such Order prohibiting or restricting the supply of any specified food or article of food may provide for the exemption, from such prohibition or restriction, of such supply by persons who, prior to the date of the coming into operation of the Order, carried on business as suppliers of such food or article of food.

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