FSSAI plans to impose ban on junk food items near schools

Last Updated at: May 16, 2020
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Soon, no junk food or their ads near schools; FSSAI proposes ban within 50m. “Foods which are referred to as foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) cannot be sold to school children in school canteens or mess premises or hostel kitchens or within 50 meters of the school campus,” FSSAI said.

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.


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

What is Junk food?

Junk itself means dirty or old or waste. Junk food like pizzas, burgers, samosas, coke, Pepsi creates a huge impact physically and emotionally in all human beings. Taking that in mind, avoiding these junk food is a must, especially for children. But when these shops are in front of the schools, the smell & the colour addicts the children. And also their heart is alluring to put these nasty things into their stomach. They do this to fulfil those dangerous spicy taste needs. And this is the reason why the FSSAI came up with closing all the junk food shops, which are located near the school premises.

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. The regulator had taken a few initiatives in the last few years. Those are to promote healthy foods and focus on taking this campaign to a national level.

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