The FSSAI has issued guidelines in response to the PIL filed by the Uday
Foundation Vs UOI , FSSAI & others
Delhi High Court.
To provide a balanced and nutritious diet for children in School under Food
safety and standards (Safe Food and balanced diets for Children in School)
The highlight of the Guidelines:
- Schools or Food Business operators who are selling or catering meals
must obtain a license as applicable and comply with the requirements of
sanitary and hygienic practices to the foodservice establishments as
specified under schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and
Registration of Food Businesses) regulations, 2011
- Any food products that contain high in saturated fat or trans-fat or
added sugar or sodium (HFSS) cannot be sold to school children in school
children in school canteens/ mess premises/ hostel kitchens or an area
within fifty meters (50) from the school gate in any direction.
- School Authority should display a board containing warning Do not sell
(including free sale or market or advertise) the food products high in
saturated fat or trans-fat or added sugar or sodium within school premises
or campus" in English or one Indian language as applicable, is displayed
prominently at the entrance gate or gates of the school.
- No Advertisement or marketing of such foods (Including through logos,
brand names, posters, textbook covers etc. or in an area within fifty meters
from the school gate in any direction )
- No Mandatory license (fssai certified Eat Right Campus) for any
foodservice establishments to operate inside the school campus.
- Schools to promote and prepare an extensive programme to cultivate
habits among with the children to eat healthy foods No food waste policies
in line with the FSSAI, National Institute of Nutrition periodically.
- The School Authority should comply that meals are prepared inside the
premises as per the direction issued by the Food Authority or the
Commissioners of Food safety.
- Regular inspection of school premises to ensure that safe, balanced and
hygienic food is served to students by the Public authorities like Municipal
Corporation or any other local body or Panchayat in an area, as may be
notified, in addition to State Food Authority shall also ensure the
compliance of these regulations.
- Creating a sub-committee by the State Level Advisory Committee to
monitor the implementation of these regulations and to ensure the
availability of safe and wholesome food to school children.
- FSSAI also direct all the state authorities / Department education to issue
any rules for promoting safe diets for children based on these regulations.
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