Agence France-Presse: Poland bans junk food in schools

Warsaw (AFP) – Poland on Thursday banned junk food in schools from January next year to trim rising rates of childhood obesity.

Around 17 percent of children in Poland suffer from obesity, according to a UNICEF study published last year.

Lawmakers were nearly unanimous in imposing the ban, with 426 voting in favour in the 460-seat lower house of parliament.

Under the new measure, the health ministry will have to draw up a detailed list of foodstuffs approved for distribution in schools nationwide.

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