Gov’t to ban sales of coffee at schools starting next year

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SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s drug-related agency said Saturday it plans to ban sales of coffee at local elementary, middle, and high schools starting next year to prevent students from consuming excessive caffeine.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it is in talks with the National Assembly to pass the revision of related laws.

While the existing law bans schools from selling drinks labeled “highly caffeinated,” they were still given leeway to provide such products to teachers and staff.

Once the law is revised, however, such drinks will be completely removed from schools.

The ministry said the plan came as excessive consumption of caffeine leads to various side effects, such as dizziness and sleep disorders.

colin@yna.co.kr

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Source  :  Yonhap News

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