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Maneka Gandhi seeks ban on junk food for students ( TOI ) 27 Aug 2015
NEW DELHI: Junk food could be banned in cafeterias and around schools if Union minister Maneka Gandhi has her way. The minister—who holds charge of the ministry for women and child development—has written to her Cabinet colleagues HRD minister Smriti Irani and health minister J P Nadda seeking a ban on junk food in school canteens and incorporating new food guidelines that define junk food and categorize it on its nutritious value. The move comes following a government panel recommendation on junk food or \"HFSS\'\' that is foods high in fat, salt and sugar. Guidelines include ban on sale of HFSS foods in school canteens, private vendors and hawkers within 200 meters of the school during school hours (7 am to 4 pm), disallowing shops and restaurants from selling proprietary foods to children in school uniform and stocking non-standardized proprietary foods in canteens according to their nutritional value