FSSAI says no junk food advertising near schools

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed curbing advertisements of unhealthy food such as High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) in and around school premises. This action was proposed in an attempt to promote safe and wholesome food among school children, FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said. The FDA officials have received the correspondence and will carry out a survey and send notices to the concerned department. “We have proposed to curb advertisements and promotion of food which are not healthy in school premises and of 50 metres of its surroundings,” Mr Agarwal said. He also stated that the regulation was proposed so that school children prefer eating healthy food instead of junk food. The FSSAI, in its draft has defined healthy diet based on some parameters.

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