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Fizzy Drinks Giants Remove High Sugar Beveages From New Zealand Schools

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The makers of Coca-Cola and Pepsi carbonated beverages in New Zealand have agreed to stop supplying their high-sugar beverages to schools in the country.

In a self regulatory measure to improve the health of children in New Zealand schools, Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) and Frucor Beverages signed an agreement with the ministers of health and education.

New Zealand’s Green Party MP Sue Kedgley, however, has spoken out about the move, calling it nothing more than a PR ploy: “The much touted agreement is more about public relations and spin than public health.”

Low-sugar versions of the beverages will still be on sale in educational establishments but Ms Kedgley said even these should be banned.

“Schools should be encouraging children to make healthy choices, and not to become addicted to sweet, carbonated drinks,” she added.

Earlier in the week the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo were accused of targeting school children in Mexico to make up for the shortfall they have experienced after removing their high-calorie products from schools in America

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Tuesday, September 26, 11:14 am

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