In a latest move, the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has prohibited the sales of all types of soft drinks at educational institutes all over Punjab effective from 14th August 2017.
As per the details, the authority has not only banned the sales of soft drinks at educational institutes but they have also strictly striped the manufacturers from providing such drinks to any retailer, storekeeper, canteen or seller within the 100m vicinity of a particular institute.
If any manufacturer breaches the ban or does not oblige to the order then he will be dealt severely. The Director General of PFA, Noorul Amin Mengal has firmly directed to impose bulky bans on anyone who fails to comply the command.
He further added:
“Authority’s board has fully supported a comprehensive operation across the province by creating special operation teams for effective implementation of this restriction. [We have] constituted 701 special operation teams for monitoring and implementation of the ban”
Since soft drinks are considered harmful for the health and as they have negative impact on children’s health in particular, it is banned in more than 120 countries. In addition to having adverse effects, is also ceases and carcasses the growth of a child.
According to the DG of PFA, USA, UK and Saudi Arabia have already imposed bans on soft drinks since 2006.
Formulation of the regulation
Not too long ago, the scientific panel of PFA formulated a regulation known as Punjab Educational Societies Food Standard Regulation 2017. As a result, the entire school supplies’ were marked under three categories: red, green and yellow.
The detailed analysis conducted by PFA labs and conference with scientists categorized soft drinks in the red level. The experts believe that the ban should be a force to reckon across the globe as well.