FSSAI Bans Sale of Junk Food Within 50 Meter Radius of Schools!

In what is being seen as a significant step towards regulating the consumption of junk food amongst school-going children, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued orders prohibiting the sale of junk food within 50 meters of the school campuses. The announcement was made by Mr. Arun Singhal, CEO, FSSAI.

No Junk Food Outlets in a 50-Meter Radius of Schools

As per the orders, the sale and advertisement of unhealthy and junk food will now be restricted in school canteens as well as in establishments located within 50 meters of school campuses. Mr. Singhal stated that the aim of this decision is to ensure a safe, healthy, and nutritious diet for school-going children.  Check | Delhi to Get Its Own Education Board, Implement NEP 2020 by Next Year

When asked about the decision, a senior official from FSSAI was quoted as saying, “The idea is to provide safe food and a balanced diet for children in schools. Foods which are referred to as foods high in fat, salt, and sugar (HFSS) cannot be sold to schoolchildren in school canteens or mess premises or hostel kitchens or within 50 meters of the school campus.”

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The Delhi High Court in 2015 ordered The officials from FSSAI added that “Canteen, mess, kitchen operating in school should have a licence from FSSAI. Also, food business operators contracted by the department of education to function the Mid-Day Meal scheme must obtain a registration or licence from the apex food regulating agency and comply with the requirements of hygienic practices as specified under schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards Act.Check | NEP 2020 Board Exams to be Made Easy

Inspections to be Conducted Regularly

The official remarked that “Schools administrations have to adopt a comprehensive programme for promoting safe food and healthy diets among schoolchildren and to convert school campuses into Eat Right School focusing on safe and healthy food, local and seasonal food and no food waste as per the specified guidelines. This has to be monitored by a nodal officer nominated by each school.”

Strict Guidelines to be Implemented

Stating that these guidelines will be implemented within a few days and it is the responsibility of the school authorities, another official was quoted as saying that, “School authorities have to promote the consumption of a safe and balanced diet in the school as per the guidelines issued by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).”

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