The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) plans to ban sale and ads of junk food within 50 metres of schools.
The Food Safety Standards (Safe Food and Healthy Diets for School Children) Regulations, 2019, will also put the onus on schools to not sell or provide junk food in canteens or cafeterias.
It issued a notification in this regard on October 30, inviting objections and suggestions from various stakeholders.
The last date to send in such feedback on the proposed regulation is December 3 this year.
Proposed junk food ban
In a press release, the FSSAI said it has classified certain edibles as referred to as foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods.
It said in the release such food “cannot be sold to schoolchildren in school canteens, mess premises or hostel kitchens.” The ban also extends to “within 50 meters of the school campus,” it said in the statement.
The regulations put forward a 10-point plan to ensure schoolchildren eat healthier food, said the press release.
Meanwhile, schools may appoint dietitians or nutritionists to determine what food students should be served, the statement said.
Read the full press release here:
Ban on ads as well
The regulation — if and when it is implemented — also lays down the law for food business operators (FBOs).
They are “barred from advertising” any HFSS food to “children in school premises or within 50 metres of the school campus,” said the FSSAI press release.
FBOs are also expected to “support healthy eating in schools.” Thus, they are not allowed to “market, sell, or give away low-nutrition foods anywhere on school campus, including through logos, brand names, posters, textbook covers etc,” said the press release.
FBOs should also “develop new products that help children eat healthy,” according to the proposed rules.
Read the full gazette notification here: