Draft regulation for safe, wholesome, nutritious food for school children to be put in place

MANGALURU: The tasks taken by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) within the school area from viewpoint of inculcating right consuming habits have not reached nationwide scale so far, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pawan Kumar Agarwal said at an ASSOCHAM event in New Delhi.

"There has been good participation from Delhi schools, Tamil Nadu officers were taking interest, so it saw a good participation but it is not really a pan-India phenomenon," said Agarwal inaugurating an ASSOCHAM National Symposium on School Healthcare.

Recalling meeting of health minister with FSSAI officials on the occasion of World Food Safety Day to get a sense of what the organisation has been doing within the area of marketing healthy consuming habits, Agarwal said, "He was quite impressed but obviously he also realised that these initiatives, however are extremely thoughtful but the challenge is to make it a truly mass movement."

It is not going to become a mass motion except we integrate meals in our faculty techniques, he said. "Not merely confining to health and wellness ambassadors and coordinators, it has to be the whole of school which has to be involved in this exercise of getting the school children to eat the right stuff," he added.

Seeking cooperation of education business he added that there is lot more that needs to be carried out. "We are still in some sense in mode of consolidation to deliver these kind of elements together and notice how we will be able to move forward and take in a countrywide motion around devour right within the colleges.

Agarwal additionally said that FSSAI has come out with draft laws on healthy diets for college children which can also be in place. "About 3 years a High Court had requested us to return out with laws on healthy diets for college children, and we now have been struggling to place that legislation together because if we make a legislation it has to be applied."

He added, "How do you define 'healthy diets,' this is on the heart of that legislation, we had to have a metrics that defines healthy foods, fairly objectively, now we now have come out with draft laws and that can also be installed place."

Agarwal additionally informed that within the draft legislation for safe, healthy and nutritious meals for college children, FSSAI has proposed to impose curbs on advertising, promotion and endorsement of meals products that are not healthy in school premises and within 50-meter radius of school, while earlier it was handiest about availability in school canteens.
Draft regulation for safe, wholesome, nutritious food for school children to be put in place Draft regulation for safe, wholesome, nutritious food for school children to be put in place Reviewed by Kailash on June 14, 2019 Rating: 5
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