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Ban junk food within 200m of schools: WCD panel


  • A government panel has recommended that not only should junk food be banned from school canteens but that shops, restaurants or vendors within 200 meters of the school should not be allowed to sell the products to school children.
  • The committee has also suggested a comprehensive definition of junk food in the context of children and has suggested that all food items falling in the definition of junk food should be banned in the school canteens.
  • Its recommendations include vendors, restaurants and shops be barred from selling these foods during school timings in a vicinity of 200 meters from any school and to children in school uniforms.
  • The panel has suggested that a list of desirable food items to be offered in the school canteen. Recommendations have also been made for labeling of pre-packaged food stating clearly as “unfit for infant/children/pregnant and lactating mothers or persons with specific ailments”.

Source: TOI

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