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Prohibited to Sale of Junk Foods Inside the School Campus

The FSSAI has issued guidelines in response to the PIL filed by the Uday Foundation Vs UOI , FSSAI & others Delhi High Court.

To provide a balanced and nutritious diet for children in School under Food safety and standards (Safe Food and balanced diets for Children in School) Regulations, 2020

The highlight of the Guidelines:
  1. Schools or Food Business operators who are selling or catering meals must obtain a license as applicable and comply with the requirements of sanitary and hygienic practices to the foodservice establishments as specified under schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) regulations, 2011
     
  2. Any food products that contain high in saturated fat or trans-fat or added sugar or sodium (HFSS) cannot be sold to school children in school children in school canteens/ mess premises/ hostel kitchens or an area within fifty meters (50) from the school gate in any direction.
     
  3. School Authority should display a board containing warning “Do not sell (including free sale or market or advertise) the food products high in saturated fat or trans-fat or added sugar or sodium within school premises or campus" in English or one Indian language as applicable, is displayed prominently at the entrance gate or gates of the school.
     
  4. No Advertisement or marketing of such foods (Including through logos, brand names, posters, textbook covers etc. or in an area within fifty meters from the school gate in any direction )
     
  5. No Mandatory license (fssai certified Eat Right Campus) for any foodservice establishments to operate inside the school campus.
     
  6. Schools to promote and prepare an extensive programme to cultivate habits among with the children to eat healthy foods No food waste policies in line with the FSSAI, National Institute of Nutrition periodically.
     
  7. The School Authority should comply that meals are prepared inside the premises as per the direction issued by the Food Authority or the Commissioners of Food safety.
  1. Regular inspection of school premises to ensure that safe, balanced and hygienic food is served to students by the Public authorities like Municipal Corporation or any other local body or Panchayat in an area, as may be notified, in addition to State Food Authority shall also ensure the compliance of these regulations.
     
  2. Creating a sub-committee by the State Level Advisory Committee to monitor the implementation of these regulations and to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food to school children.
     
  3. FSSAI also direct all the state authorities / Department education to issue any rules for promoting safe diets for children based on these regulations.
End-Notes:
  1. https://vananarayanan.blogspot.com/2020/09/prohibit-to-sale-of-junk-foods-inside.html

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