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US schools ban sweet drinks

5th May 2006

The top three soft-drink companies in the USA have announced that they would start removing sweetened drinks like Coke, Pepsi and iced teas from school cafeterias and vending machines in response to the growing threat of lawsuits and state legislation.

Under an agreement between beverage makers and health advocates, pupils in primary schools would be served only bottled water, low-fat and non-fat milk, and 100 percent fruit juice. Serving sizes would increase with age. In high schools, low-calorie juice drinks, sports drinks and diet sodas would be permitted but serving sizes would be restricted.

The agreement applies to all schools and is voluntary. About 35 million children are likely to be affected. The beverage industry said school sales would not be diminished because it expected to replace sugary drinks with other products.

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