FSSAI plans to impose ban on junk food items near schools

Last Updated at: November 08, 2019

The Food Safety and Security Authority of India (FSSAI) is looking to ban advertisements for unhealthy foods near school premises. This is an attempt to promote nutritious, wholesome and safe food among school children.

The FSSAI has prepared a draft regulation proposing the same. Addressing an event, Mr Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI, told PTI, We have proposed to put a curb on advertisements and promotion of food that is not healthy in school premises and 50 metres surroundings.”

In March 2015, the Delhi High Court had asked the regulator to come with regulations to promote a healthy diet among children. A draft with guidelines based on some parameters was also released in the same year. In that, FSSAI had identified some of the common High Fat, Salt and Sugar content (HFSS) foods like ready-to-eat noodles, chips, pizzas, sugar-sweetened carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, and confectionery.

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During the conference, Agarwal stated that while bringing the draft the aim of the FSSAI was to restrict the consumption and availability of such HFSS foods and claimed that 6 out of 10 diseases are related to diet. He also stressed on the initiatives that the regulator had taken in the last few years to promote healthy foods and focused on taking this campaign national level.

Latest update: Taking forward the “EatRight” Campaign of FSSAI, the Union Ministry has banned the sale of junk food items like coals, chips, burgers, pizzas, samosas, etc in school canteens. All other pre-packaged foods that are high in fat, salt, sugar are not to be sold in school canteens, mess premises, hostels kitchens or within 50 metres of the school campus. The ban will be effective from December 2019.

Also, Food Business Operators like food manufacturers and food vendors are prohibited from distributing free samples of low-nutrition food to children. Such entities will not be allowed to use their logos on vending machines, school supplies, books, textbook covers, etc.


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