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Law revision proposed to ban coffee at schools

A law revision recently passed a parliamentary committee to ban selling coffee at all elementary, middle and high schools, the food ministry said Thursday.

Proposed changes would remove coffee and coffee drinks from school cafeterias, snack stores and vending machines, which mostly cater to faculty members, according to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. The revised law would go into effect in July, pending passage at the National Assembly plenary session.

The law as it is now prohibiting foods and beverages that contain high levels of caffeine but not coffee, giving access to students.

The ministry recommends no more than 2.5 milligrams of caffeine per 1 kilogram of weight per day for children and youths, and warns excess intake could cause nausea, irregular heart beat and sleep disorders.


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