||Title:||FOOD SAFETY ORDINANCE||Gazette Number:||L.N. 60 of 2011|
(1) Except as provided by subsection (2), a public officer must not disclose or give to another person any information concerning a trade, business or manufacturing secret that has come to the knowledge of, or into the possession of, the public officer in the course of the public officer°¶s exercise of powers or performance of functions under this Ordinance.
(2) A public officer may disclose or give to another person information referred to in subsection (1)°X
(3) If in any proceedings a court considers that the justice of the case so requires, the court may order the disclosure of information referred to in subsection (1).
(a) in the public officer°¶s exercise of powers or performance of functions under this Ordinance;
(b) under an order of a court under subsection (3); or
(c) with the consent in writing of all persons who appear to the public officer, after reasonable inquiry, to be interested in the confidentiality of the information.
(4) A public officer who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
(5) It is a defence for a public officer charged with an offence under this section to show that at the time of the alleged offence the defendant°X
(a) believed that there was lawful authority for the defendant to disclose or give the information to the other person and the defendant had no reasonable cause to believe otherwise; or
(b) did not know and had no reasonable cause to believe that the information disclosed or given was information referred to in subsection (1).