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Junk food in schools: Centre gets a week to circulate action taken report

Date:Nov 2, 2011

Food processing industry is also a party in the petition

The Delhi High Court on November 2 gave the Central government a week's extension to compile and circulate its action taken report with regard to sale of junk food in schools. The court was hearing a petition by NGO Uday Foundation, seeking a ban on the sale of junk food and carbonated drinks within a 1,500 feet (457 metre) radius of schools. The Centre, which is a respondent in the case, had during the last hearing agreed in-principle that junk food is bad for health and said it is taking steps to keep junk food out of schools.

The bench, comprising justice AK Sikri and Siddharth Mridul, had asked the Central government on October 5, to submit an action take report. It had also asked the Centre about the steps taken to create awareness among the young generation about the "harmful effects of increased consumption of junk food".
When asked about the report, the Centre pleaded for more time, saying it had received the action taken reports from different departments quite late and was unable to compile it. The court has granted the government a week's time to circulate the action taken report among all the parties.

The All India Food Processor's Association (AIFPA), a nodal agency of the food processing industry in India, has, meanwhile, become a party to the case, along with the Central government and Delhi government. The association was represented by senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi. The association represents those involved in the processing of fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, milk and milk products and makers of biscuits and confectionary products. AIFPA wants it point of view to be considered by the court since it does not want to be inadvertently dragged into the ban. This is because the petitioners in the case have failed to specify what kind of food items should be included in junk food or fast food. The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act does not define any food as junk food or fast food.  

The next hearing has been scheduled for December 21.



If junk food is allowed in schools what can we expect these kids to learn? In school you're not only learning about science, arts or other curricula, you also learn important social lessons. Junk food obviously failed. I am thinking about getting some case study help and start doing some research for other schools in the area... Any support?

14 February 2013
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A report published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology suggests that babies of mothers with a high-sugar and high-fat diet while pregnant are more prone to junk food themselves. The study was conducted on rats and suggests that pups "whose mothers eat excessive amounts of high-fat, high-sugar junk foods when pregnant or breastfeeding are likely to have a greater preference for these foods later in life." what can we do now?

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