Grenada is banning the sale of carbonated beverages and sweet snacks in schools from the first day of 2020.
Grenada Education Minister Emmalin Pierre announced the impending ban two months ago as the Spice Island tries to reduce sugar consumption which has led to an overweight and obesity problem among the youth.
Vendors will no longer be able to sell carbonated beverages or sugary snacks at any public or private school in Grenada. Vendors will be issued a notice informing them of the new school nutrition policy to ensure that they comply. Parents will also be prohibited from including these items in students’ bagged lunches.
The World Health Organisation has recommended that children reduce their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages as a means of decreasing their risk of obesity and associated physical and mental health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep disorders, depression, and low self-esteem.
Jamaica has also instituted a nationwide ban on sugary drinks in schools, which was effective from January 2019.