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India: Junk food ban plea: Food product makers move court

The All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA) Wednesday approached the Delhi High Court, pleading that the court should hear them before passing any final order on a petition that seeks ban on carbonated beverages and junk food in school and college canteens.

The AIFPA in its application filed before the division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw sought to become a party in the petition filed by NGO Uday Foundation.

The AIFPA told the court that its members were dealing with processing of fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, milk and milk products and biscuits and confectionary products.

Senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the association, told the court that the petitioner had failed to specify as to what kind of foods should be included in the definition of junk food or fast food.

He said the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act did not define anything as junk food or fast food.

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