Govt to launch campaign on evils of junk food: Official

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Madurai, Apr 28 (UNI) The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry would launch a national-level public awareness campaign on the evils of unhealthy foods, shortly said Mr G Balachandran, Additional Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) of the Ministry.

Addressing an interactive session, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Madurai Zone here today, Mr Balachandran said the awareness campaign would highlight health disorders, obesity and other problems caused by junk food and unchecked processed food.

Stating that the habit of consuming junk food was on the increase among Indians currently, he said the Union Health Ministry was now working on a regulatory mechanism for unhealthy food.

Necessary action would also be taken to ensure proper food governance and safety of people.

Mr Balachandran pointed out that the food standards imposed by United States Food and Drug Administration in that country for both industry and people were found very successful.

He wanted India should also make the authority a powerful regulatory body to contain the unchecked processed food.

He said the Chairman and Executive Body members of FSSA would soon be appointed by the Central Government, after which food standard and safety aspects, along with certain benchmarks would be put in place.

The Health Ministry had written to all the States to expedite the appointment of Commissioners of Food Safety.

While some states like Tamil Nadu had already appointed Commissioners of Food Safety, other States were yet to make the appointments, he said.

Mr Balachandran said the Centre was also taking steps to operationalise the Food Safety Act 2006 in a phased manner, following the constitution of Food Safety and Standards Authority.

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