Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Romania Bans Junk Food in Schools

BalkanInsight.com

13 May 2008
Bucharest _ The Chamber of Deputies in Romania’s Parliament has voted to restrict the sale of junk food in Romania’s schools.

Under the rules, the Health Ministry must establish a list of food products which are not recommended for children, especially ones rich in fat, sugar or additives that are considered unhealthy.

Meals served in school canteens will have to be approved by nutrition specialists accredited by the Health Ministry.

The Chamber’s backing of the vote was decisive since the Senate had already adopted the bill.

One deputy in the chamber, Ecaterina Andronescu, claimed there are even outlets in children’s playgrounds which are selling unhealthy, junk food.

Another deputy, Sorin Paveliu, said this law was necessary to prevent obesity and diseases linked to a unsatisfactorily varied died, which is increasingly becoming a problem among young people in Romania.

Such problems could overburden Romania’s healthcare system in the coming decades.

He also proposed that this kind of food should be marked with warnings that it is not healthy, as is the case with cigarettes.

Still other deputies think it is not right to tell someone what he can eat, as fast food is often cheaper than milk, honey or other healthy products.

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