The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been directed by the Delhi high court to develop guidelines that could see a ban of junk food and carbonated drinks within 1,500-foot radius of schools.
The direction came as a result of a PIL filed by an NGO in front of the Delhi high court and acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked the FSSAI to frame the guidelines within six months.
"FSSAI is directed to consider the issue in six months. It may invite the All India Food Processors Association and restaurant associations for consultation and development of guidelines", the court said.
Banning junk food near schools is being seen as a way to fight the growing obesity crisis among children.