IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
  
  W.P.(C) 8568/2010
  
  UDAY FOUNDATION FOR
  
  CONGENITAL DEFECTS AND
  
  RARE BLOOD GROUPS ..... Petitioner
  
  Represented by: Mr.Neeraj Kishan Kaul (Amicus Curiae), Sr.Advocate with
  Mr.Sanyat Lodha, Ms.Akanksha Kaul, Mr.Kapil Rustagi, Ms.Silpa Nair and
  Mr.Amit Saxena, Advocates
  
  
  
  
versus
  
  
  
  UOI and ORS. ..... Respondents
  
  Represented by: Mr.Rajeeve Mehra, Sr.Advocate with Mr.Ruchir Mishra and
  Mr.Aditya Malhotra, Advocates for R-1
  
  Mr.Mirza Amir Baig, Advocate for Mr.Anjum Javed, Advocate for R-2
  
  Ms.Monika Garg, Advocate for R-5
  
  Mr.Mukul Rohtagi, Sr.Advocate, Mr.Ashok Desai, Sr.Advocate and
  Mr.Maninder Singh, Sr.Advocate with Mr.Dheeraj Nair, Mr.Gopal Jain,
  Mr.Alok Shankar and Ms.Smita Bhargava, Advocates for R-7
  
  Mr.Ashok Desai, Sr.Advocate and Mr.Sanjay Jain, Sr.Advocate with
  Mr.Ajay Kohli, Mr.S.S.Sobti and Mr.Gopal Jain, Advocates for NRAI
  
  Dr.Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Sr.Advocate and Mr.Rajiv Nayar,
  Sr.Advocate with Ms.Kanika Agnihotri, Advocate for RAI
  
  
  
  
  
  CORAM:
  
   HON'BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE
  
   HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE PRADEEP NANDRAJOG
  
  
  
   O R D E R
  
   04.09.2013
  
  
  
  1. Issue of public importance being considered in the writ petition
  pertains to the dietary habit of school children in Delhi and in
  particular the public schools. The petitioner wants a policy to be
  framed regulating sale of ?junk food? not only within the precincts of
  the school but even within a distance of 500 meters of the schools.
  
  2. The order dated January 11, 2012 records that the ?Food Safety And
  Standard Authority of India? (FSSAI) has been constituted under the Food
  Safety and Standards Act 2006. It is the statutory body charged with the
  duty to frame guidelines pertaining to quality of food. The order
  records that FSSAI has invited proposals from experienced
  agencies/organizations/institutions for development of guidelines to make
  available quality and safe food in schools. The order further records
  that a ?Notice to Call for Expression of Interest? has been published by
  FSSAI to hire a consultant who could develop guidelines for making
  
  available quality and safe food in school canteens. The order records that FSSAI will have to widen the scope of the work as also the study to
  take care of the other aspects raised in the petition.
  
  3. Order dated August 29, 2012 records that Neilsen (India) Pvt. Ltd., a
  company having expertise in the field of survey and data analysis has
  been appointed as an agency to develop and submit the guidelines to make
  available quality and safe food in schools.
  
  4. Order dated April 17, 2013 records that draft guidelines have been
  formulated by Neilsen (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  
  5. Thereafter, the matter has been adjourned from time to time.
  
  6. An issue has been raised today by learned counsel for the respondents
  pertaining to the directions in which the instant writ petition must
  proceed.
  
  7. Whereas nobody can question the interest of the society in its
  children eating wholesome and nutritious food and abjuring eating ?junk
  food?, which may be consumed once in a while; to satisfy the tongue.
  Ordinarily, as a daily intake, wholesome and nutritious food should be
  consumed by the children. The ill effects of eating ?junk food? in
  today?s environ has been documented by public health experts as also
  paediatricians. The debate is : Whether FSSAI alone should be the body
  to frame the guidelines or should the body be more broad based and
  further should The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 be the sole
  guiding star.
  
  8. A perusal of The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 would reveal that
  the legislative concern is with respect to preservatives, additives,
  contaminants and other chemicals used in processed food. The legislative
  intent is to ensure that processed food should be of a kind where public
  health is not adversely affected. The Act does not contemplate
  regulation of what we may call is a ?junk food?.
  
  9. Issues pertaining to ?junk food? when eating the same becomes a
  dietary habit though pertain to health but in a different sphere vis-a-
  vis the concern for health in processed food.
  
  10. Thus, the FSSAI would be permitted to take the help of experts in the
  field of not only public health but even those who are concerned with the
  dietary habits of the adolescent and the youth as also those who have
  expertise in controlling child obesity, child hypertension, child
  diabetes etc. i.e. such medical problems which are faced by children
  today which are the direct consequences of excessive consumption of ?junk
  food? by the children.
  
  11. The report submitted by Neilsen (India) Pvt. Ltd. would at best be a
  take off point with reference to the data collected and analysed.
  
  12. We find that under Section 11 of The Food Safety and Standards Act,
  2006 the constitution of a Central Advisory Committee is envisaged which
  shall consist of members representing the interests of food industry,
  agriculture, relevant research bodies and all Commissioners of Food
  Safety. Vide sub-Section (3) of Section 11 representatives of the
  concerned Ministries and departments in agriculture, animal husbandry,
  
  dairying, bio-technology, commerce and consumer affairs have to be invited in the deliberations of the Central Advisory Committee. The cue
  therefore would be that pertaining to the dietary habit of school
  children in the context of excessive consumption of ?junk food?, the
  Central Advisory Committee, while preparing the draft guidelines, should
  consult not only the representatives of the industry but even experts in
  public health and especially health of a child; the adolescent and the
  youth. That would mean people having expertise on ?junk food? and its
  ill effects if consumed as a dietary habit be also associated while
  preparing the draft guidelines.
  
  13. With respect to the representatives of the industry we find
  representation made before us by respondent No.7 and respondent No.8;
  representative bodies of those who have a commercial interest in ?junk
  food? and thus two representatives each of said respondents would also be
  associated while drafting the guidelines.
  
  14. Draft guidelines be placed before us on December 04, 2013.
  
  15. Hearing adjourned for December 04, 2013.
  
  
  
  
  
  CHIEF JUSTICE
  
  
  
  
  
   PRADEEP NANDRAJOG, J.
  
  SEPTEMBER 04, 2013
  
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