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Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola are banned in schools in Latvia

Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola are banned in schools in Latvia


The Latvian government has announced a ban on the sale of food and beverages containing artificial dyes and flavors, caffeine and sweeteners in schools, as Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola brands are targeted, AFP reports.

The Latvian government has announced a ban on the sale of food and beverages containing artificial dyes and flavors, caffeine and sweeteners in schools, as Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola brands are targeted, AFP reports.
"Artificial dyes and flavors can cause allergic reactions. Children's bodies are more sensitive to chemicals," the Ministry of Health explained in a statement.
Instead of candy, chips, juices and chewing gums, school canteens will be stocked with unsalted peanuts, candied fruits, sandwiches, mineral water and sugar-free juices.
The ban will enter into force on November 1. In July, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright asked Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga not to ban the sale of Coca-Cola products in Latvian schools.


Mrs. Albright is the president of Albright Group, and Coca-Cola is one of her clients.
Rompres
August 23, 2006