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Spain bans sale of unhealthy food in schools in bid to tackle obesity

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d4073
  1. María de Lago,

Spain has banned the sale in schools of food and drinks that have high amounts of saturated fat, trans fats, salt, or sugar in an effort to tackle a rising prevalence of overweight and obesity, which has reached 27% in children and 56% in adults.

The measures are included in a new law on food safety and nutrition. The law also forbids doctors, scientists, and patients from recommending food products in advertisements. Promoting food products through pharmacies and promoting dietary substitutes, especially to breastfeeding women, is also banned.

Some critics have complained that the law is a watered-down version of the initial proposals. The Spanish umbrella group of consumer …

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