S. Korea seeks new legislation to ban coffee at schools

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : January 25, 2018, 09:48 | Updated : January 25, 2018, 09:48


SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Aju News) -- As part of a government campaign to curb obesity and protect people from unhealthy food which includes high calorie, low-nutrient and high caffeine menus, coffee will disappear from primary, middle and high schools.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Thursday that a parliamentary committee approved a revised bill that included a complete ban on coffee being sold through school vending machines and canteens.

The current law prohibits unhealthy food products such as coffee and caffeine flavored milk and other drinks. However, coffee, instant or canned, is available at vending machines and canteens for teachers and other faculty members. If approved by parliament, the ban will be enforced this year.

Health authorities have tried to correct bad eating habits among young people. Earlier this month, the cabinet approved a bill to ban all TV commercial films advertising unhealthy food.
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