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South Korea bans coffee sales in schools

01.09.2018 46 просмотров

The ban will affect not only students, but also teachers (however, they will be allowed to bring a drink with them).


The South Korean authorities have officially banned the sale of coffee in elementary, middle and high schools. It will come into force on September 14 and will affect both students and teachers.

The Republic of Korea has a program to improve the nation, one of the elements of which is the formation of healthy eating habits. Within its framework, the country's government has previously banned or restricted the sale of foods high in calories, high in sugar and salt, as well as caffeine in schools. Coffee itself remained the last "bastion" - and now it is also banned.

However, local media emphasize that teachers and adult school staff are not forbidden to drink coffee from vending machines and snack bars, as well as to bring coffee from home in a thermos. "The sale, not the consumption, of coffee is prohibited," the South Korean newspaper The Korea Times clarifies.

A spokesman for the Republican Food Inspection Administration assured that his colleagues, along with officials from the food ministry, would conduct mass checks soon after the ban came into effect. schools. “We have already notified the Ministry of Education about our plans. It will assist us in controlling the sale of coffee in schools,” he added.

The Ministry of Health of South Korea, in turn, recalled that caffeine in high doses can provoke dizziness, heart palpitations (tachycardia), insomnia and nervousness . The ministry said in a statement, citing scientific studies, that chronic coffee consumption is detrimental to the physical and mental health of children.

A study of coffee sold in school cafeterias was conducted in South Korea in 2015 and found an increase of 449.1 mg is the caffeine content per liter of drink. For comparison, so-called chocolate milk (a sweetened milk drink with a small amount of coffee or cocoa added) contains a maximum of 277.5 mg of caffeine per liter. cups of finished coffee - an average of 512 cups per person (this does not include a drink prepared at home and in offices). One of the reasons for this addiction to coffee is high workloads: many residents of the country stay up late at work and cheer up with a portion of caffeine. years), but has already entered the top ten among all countries of the world. It is developing so rapidly that in 2013 the authorities had to ban the opening of cafes at a distance of less than 50 meters from each other. In 2014, Seoul overtook New York in terms of the number of Starbucks coffee shops.

Ready coffee in catering establishments, especially international chains, is quite expensive - it is comparable in price to a modest lunch. The South Korean press has repeatedly noted that “fashionable coffee mania” has become especially widespread among schoolchildren and students, who often sacrifice food for the sake of a cardboard glass with this drink. This phenomenon also has a social aspect: young people like to spend time in cafes, and in order to get the right to sit there, you need to make some kind of purchase.

Most South Korean coffee houses have separate places for students and other visitors who come to work , - the ratio between the height of the seat and the table top is as close as possible to the office one, there is always a socket nearby for recharging gadgets, and the table surface area allows you to place a laptop, notepad and, of course, coffee.

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