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Aug, 01 2015

HC gives three months time to Centre on junk food

The panel identified foods high in fat, sugar and salt that must be limited by schools in canteens.

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the central government to implement within three months guidelines on restricting sale of junk food in and around schools, reported IANS.

Earlier, the court, gave its node to guidelines prescribed by FSSAI that identify certain category of food and drinks as harmful for children advocating these be "regulated/ restricted".

FASSI was given three months time by division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath to put in force the guidelines after the government moved a plea seeking three more weeks to implement the guidelines regarding restriction on sale of junk food.

The guidelines were framed by a court-appointed expert committee under aegis of FSSAI on the subject of "making available quality and safe food in schools".

The panel identified foods high in fat, sugar and salt that must be limited by schools in canteens.

It is said that schools must encourage nutrition awareness and promote food items including sandwiches, fruit salads, paneer, vegetable cutlets, upma, idli, uthapam, khandvi, poha, low fat milkshakes etc.

Uday Foundation filed the PIL which had sought an immediate ban on junk food and carbonated drinks in all unaided and private schools.

It added that the court to initiate measures to discourage availability of fast food within 500 yards of schools in Delhi, apart from a canteen policy.

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