Centre mulls crackdown on junk food

The Centre is working on proposals that call for restricting the sale of junk food around schools and imposing stringent labelling norms on high sugar, salt or fat foods, as it looks to tackle growing illnesses related to preventable diseases. The government is also considering higher tax on aerated drinks. People lining up to grab burgers or pizzas are now a common sight, with food outlets of global giants such as McDonald's and Domino's Pizza Inc spread across the country. Alarmed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes, India is nudging several food and drink multinationals to make healthier products while working on new rules. Equally visible are fried snacks and greasy sweets that are an essential part of Indian cuisine. But that sector remains largely unregulated. The FSSAI is also considering advertising norms to check on health claims made by companies and is planning to frame draft rules within a month which will make it mandatory for manufacturers to display the fat, sugar and salt content of products on product labels.