Food may be examined or sampled by the Health Authority as often as may be necessary to determine freedom from adulteration or misbranding. The Health Authority may upon written notice to the owner or person in charge, place a hold order on any food which he determines, or has probable cause to believe to be unwholesome, or otherwise, adulterated, or misbranded. Under a hold order, food shall be permitted to be suitably stored. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove or alter a hold order notice or tag placed on food by the Health Authority, and neither such food nor the containers thereof shall be labeled, repacked, reprocessed, altered, disposed of, or destroyed, without permission of the Health Authority, except on order by a court of competent jurisdiction. After the owner or person in charge has had a hearing as provided for in Section 18–1‑13, and on the basis of evidence produced at such hearing, or on the basis of his examination in the event a written request for a hearing is not received, within ten (10) days, the Health Authority may vacate the hold order, or may be written order direct the owner or person in charge of the food which was placed under the hold order to denature or destroy such food or bring it into compliance with provisions of this Code; provided that such order of the Health Authority to denature or destroy such food or bring it into compliance with the provisions of this Code shall be stayed if the order is appealed to a court of competent jurisdiction within three (3) days.