What is the course of action available for the food operator?

For the food operator, there are two courses of action. He can approach either the 'appellate authority' or the 'special court'. In relation to the former, the food operator can appeal his case within fifteen days of an order of cancellation or imposition of fine.

The special court is empowered under S.45A (2) and has exclusive jurisdiction to try such matters.S.54A states that a suit or application against any proceeding or order under the Act in a civil court.  However the offender can file an appeal to the Lahore High Court. The food operator has an inherent right to be heard before an order can be passed against him by the appellate authority under S.39(3). The appeal & limitation period form an important part in the process as they determine future course of action for both the parties.