Cabinet Approves Interim Guidelines for Beverages in Schools

first_img This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during a Statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 4). Cabinet has approved the Interim Guidelines for beverages in schools, which will not only help to improve the dietary intake of children but also set the stage to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which account for 78 per cent of Jamaicans who die each year. According to the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey, one in three (684,900) Jamaicans 15 years and older has hypertension; one in eight (236,200) has diabetes and one in two (577,300) is overweight. Story Highlights Cabinet has approved the Interim Guidelines for beverages in schools, which will not only help to improve the dietary intake of children but also set the stage to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which account for 78 per cent of Jamaicans who die each year.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during a Statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 4).According to the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey, one in three (684,900) Jamaicans 15 years and older has hypertension; one in eight (236,200) has diabetes and one in two (577,300) is overweight.Dr. Tufton noted that the evidence shows that the link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and childhood obesity and NCDs in later years is consistent and compelling, requiring an urgent response.“As a Government, as a country, we have a responsibility to protect our children and the public health of all Jamaicans. It, therefore, cannot be business as usual. For starters, we cannot stand idly by and allow our children to continue to eat and drink themselves sick,” he emphasised.Dr. Tufton said the guidelines are the result of collaboration involving the Ministries of Health; Education, Youth and Information; and Investment, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries as well as input from the private and public sectors.“In the short term (one to five) years, they are to reduce exposure to and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and increase the consumption of water. This is while enabling the implementation of the National School Nutrition Standards being developed by the Ministry of Health, which are in turn to support the implementation of the nutrition-related aspects of the NationalSchool Nutrition Policy now being finalised by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information,” he said.To achieve these objectives, the guidelines place a limit on sweetened beverages above a defined maximum sugar concentration sold and served, in all public educational institutions that serve age groups from 0-18 years.These, Dr. Tufton said, include early-childhood, primary-level and secondary-level institutions.The guidelines also place a limit on sweetened beverages above a defined maximum sugar concentration sold and served by all persons, companies or groups involved in the provision of beverages to these institutions, including but not limited to canteen operations, concessionaires, vendors, teachers, school administrators and students.The guidelines specifically prohibit sugar-sweetened beverages being sold or served in schools if the total sugar concentration exceeds the following: maximum six grams (of sugar)/100 millilitre (ml), effective January 1, 2019; maximum five grams/100 ml, effective January 1, 2020; maximum four grams/100 ml, effective January 1, 2021; and maximum 2.5 grams/100 ml, effective January 1, 2023.“The approval of these guidelines is an important milestone in what has to be a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder approach to beating NCDs and in the best interest of all Jamaicans, and in particular our children,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton pointed out that beverages brought from home are not now being regulated. However, robust education campaigns will be launched to discourage the provision of sugar-sweetened beverages to children.last_img read more

Gang posed as Crime Branch officials to extort people busted

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday said that they have busted a gang of extortionists including two women who used to cheat people by impersonating as officials of Crime Branch. Police identified the accused as Jyoti (33), Deepak Kumar (33) and Poonam Sethi (43).On September 15, one complainant reported at Subhash Place police station that some persons are trying to extort money by impersonating themselves as officials of Crime Branch. A team of Subhash Place police station nabbed the three accused from the office of a jeweller in Netaji Subhash Place. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (north-west) Vijayanta Arya said that the accused persons were trying to blackmail and extort the complainant introducing themselves as “Officials of Crime Branch”. They were demanding Rs. Five lakh from the complainant by threatening him to ruin his business reputation. Adding further DCP Arya said that the accused Deepak was under debt. He came into the contact of Poonam Sethi through the social platform and started committing the crime. “Jyoti is the wife of accused Deepak. His husband Deepak told her about the lady Poonam Sethi and asked her to join him in committing a crime to earn easy money for livelihood,” said DCP Arya. The 43-year-old Poonam Sethi started blackmailing and extorting people by impersonating as an official of crime branch using the name of her own organization named National Crime Intelligence Bureau. Four mobile phones, two identity cards in which press and National Crime Intelligence Bureau were printed, recovered from the possession of accused.last_img read more