Ban on sale of junk food in school canteens


Nashik: Selling of junk foods in school canteens has been banned. A panel of The National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad in its study found that there is adverse effect on health of students due to junk foods. It has asked for a ban on sale of junk foods in school canteens.

The school education department in a circular on May 8 issued the instructions. Concerned by food children eat, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development formed a committee under the director of the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad to prevent students from eating HFSS (High in Fat, Salt and Sugar) food which increased chances of obesity, diabetes, and dental and heart problems.

This panel in its study report suggested various recommendations for improvement in students diet and their physical and mental development. It suggested healthy alternatives for HFSS.

Based on recommendations the government issued the circular. School Principals and school management have been asked to ensure that junk food not be found in school canteens.

As per reports, the state government has issued a broad list of 12 food items such as potato chips, noodles, carbonated soft drinks, pizza, burger, cakes, biscuits, buns, pasteries and other foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar.

The suggested alternatives include chapatis, rice, vegetables and pulses, rajma, wheat upma, khichdi, payasam, idli and vada sambar, coconut water, lemonade and jaljeera.