By John McDevitt
LANCASTER, Pa. (CBS) — A federal judge has ordered no more food service at Pennsylvania funeral homes.READ MORE: Man Robs 16-Year-Old Girl At Knifepoint At SEPTA Station, Police Say
The food ban at Pennsylvania funeral homes was instituted in 1952 out of food safety concerns. Then, in 2012, a federal judge deemed the earlier ruling unconstitutional.
Now, a federal appeals court has reversed the reversal, once again banning food at funeral homes in the commonwealth.
Chad Snyder, director of Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home in Lancaster, Pa. says he’s baffled and disappointed by the ruling.READ MORE: University Of Delaware Hosts Campus Safety Event On Gender-Based Violence Following Arrest Of Brandon Freyre
“There are many other places that would come to the conclusion of health hazards,” he said today. “I mean, retirement communities, hospitals — they also provide food service.”
He says it was an ancillary service that gave comfort to families.
“Families really appreciated the convenience, and we would partner with local caterers and restaurants at the family’s request. It displayed togetherness, it displayed a wonderful socializing tribute at the funeral home.”
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