Gujarat govt to ban sale of junk food in and around schools

Ahmedabad, Nov 18 (PTI) The Gujarat government is inthe process of banning sale of junk food in schools as well asin the 50-meter area around them to encourage consumption ofhealthy food among children.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has recommended a ban on sale of food high in fat,salt and sugar (HFSS) in schools and the state government isin the process of framing draft rules for the same.

To promote healthy food eating habits among children,a ban has to be imposed on sale of food with high fat, sugarand salt in school canteens as well as in the 50-meter areaaround schools.

'That means junk food items cannot be sold in andaround schools of the state, Commissioner of Food Safety andFood and Drug Control Administration H G Koshia said.

Advertisements of junk food will also not be allowedin and around schools, he said, adding that FSSAI, India'sregulator for the food industry, has recommended a ban on saleof junk food in schools.

The step has been taken to promote eating of healthyfood from childhood so that the problems like obesity anddiseases caused by consumption of junk food can becontrolled, Koshia said.

The draft rules will be circulated among stake-holderslike schools, food business operators and others and theiropinion will be sought before implementing the ban, officialssaid.

The FSSAI has formed draft regulations titled 'FoodSafety and Standards (Safe Food and healthy diets for SchoolChildren) Regulations, 2019'. PTI PDRSY RSY