Pizzas, burgers and aerated drinks may soon be out of school canteens. In order to restrict consumption of junk food by children, the food safety regulator is preparing a negative list of products that are high on salt, sugar and fat to prevent their availability in schools and their vicinity .
“The list will have those food items which are known to have negative impact on health if consumed regularly and not desirable for young people,“ Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) chief executive Pawan Kumar Agarwal said.
The list is expected to include an array of food and beverages commonly consumed by school children like chips, pizzas, burgers, readyto-eat noodles, sugarsweetened carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, potato fries and confectionery items. The move comes in the wake of rising burden of diabetes and obesity , mainly among children and young people. Doctors say this has a direct impact on child ren’s health, educational at tainment and quality of life.
Latest assess ments by vario us international agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), show prevalence rate of obesi ty at 22% over the last five years among children and adolescents in the age group of 5-19 years.
In October, the food regulator had also issued draft guidelines on wholesome and nutritious food availability in schools to control junk food consumption among children in India. The draft guidelines suggest restricting sale or availability of food items high in fat, salt or sugar within 50 metres of a school’s premises. To realise the dream of a healthy and capable India, FSSAI is formulating regulations to promote and administer food safety at the school level to enable children to inculcate healthy eating habits,“ FSSAI chief executive Pawan Kumar Agarwal said.
The overall prevalence of diabetes in India has doubled from 32 million in 2000 to 63 million in 2013. It is projected to increase to 101.2 million in the next 15 years.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 23-08-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com