Mumbai: The state School Education Department imposed a ban on sale of high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food in school canteens across the state from Monday.
In a Government Resolution (GR) issued on Monday, the state government issued a broad list of 12 items ranging from potato chips, noodles, carbonated soft drinks, pizza, burger, cakes, biscuits, buns, pasteries and other such items that contain high levels of fat, salt, and sugar. School canteens will henceforth have to sell items like rotis made of wheat, vegetable pulav, idli-vada, coconut water, jaljira and other 20 items.
The GR stated that the Center had set up a Task Force under the chairmanship of director, National Nutrition Institute, Hyderabad to promote consumption of healthy foods by children in schools and ban sale of junk food. The GR also calls for creating awareness among children about consuming nutritional food.
The task force among other recommendations had called for improving nutritional value in foods consumed by school children whereby their proper physical and mental development is possible. The task force in its report stated that junk foods that contain high levels of fat, salt and sugar and very little nutritional content and which lead to obesity, dental diseases, diabetes and heart ailments in later life.