FSSAI proposes ten point charted for food sold, supplied to school children

Nov 11, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on November 07, 2019, has proposed a draft Regulation called the Food Safety and Standards (Safe Food and healthy diets for School Children) Regulations, 2019 with an aim to ensure safe and wholesome food for School children.

FSSAI discusses a ten-point charter for food sold, supplied to school children, those are:-

1. The Food Business Operators (FBOs) must obtain a registration or license as applicable and comply with the requirements of sanitary and hygienic practices to the food service establishments as specified under the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

2. Foods which are referred to as foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) cannot be sold to school children in school canteens or mess premises or hostel kitchens or within 50 meters of the school campus.

3. Encourage schools to adopt a comprehensive program for promoting Safe food and Healthy diets amongst school children, and to convert school campus into Eat Right School focusing safe and healthy food, local and seasonal food and no food waste as per the specified benchmarks.

4. Encourage School Authority to promote consumption of a safe and balanced diet in the school as per the guidelines issued by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).

5. The School Authority shall ensure that FBOs supplying prepared meals in the premises are on the basis of general guidance provided in the regulation and as per the direction issued by the Food Authority or the Commissioners of Food safety.

6. Nutrionists, dietitians may be engaged by the School authority to assist in the preparation of menu for the children, periodically.

7. FBOs manufacturing HFSS food products barred from advertising such foods to children in school premises or within 50 meters of the school campus.

8. FBOs to support healthy eating in schools and not market, sell, or give away low nutrition foods anywhere on school campus, including through logos, brand names, posters, textbook covers etc.

9. Regular inspection of premises to ensure that safe, healthy and hygienic food is served to students.

10. The State Level Advisory Committee to be constituted to monitor the implementation of this Regulations and to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food to school children.

FSSAI has directed State Food Authorities or Department of School Education to frame healthy diets for school children in accordance with the General guidance given in this Regulation. FSSAI has invited suggestions and objections from stakeholders within 30 days from the publication of the draft Regulations. For any further queries or clarifications Ruchika Sharma, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, email-id at [email protected] may be contacted.


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