CRACK DOWN: Cola drinks escape sugar ban amid new government policy in Spain

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SUGAR LIMITS: Spain’s government has said companies must lower sugar levels in drinks. Photo: Shutterstock


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AN AGREEMENT to limit the amount of sugar in Spain’s soft drinks will only apply to lemon-lime flavours, excluding popular cola drinks from the policy.

Spain’s government announced food and beverage companies would be forced to reduce sugar, saturated fat, and salt from their products by 2020.

Critics said the policy does not go far enough, however, claiming plans to limit the reduction to lemon and lime flavoured drinks without artificial sweeteners leaves some of the most popular drinks- including orange flavoured beverages- with higher levels of sugar.

Companies which have already committed to lowering their levels have been told they must continue to reduce their sugar content, although Spain’s government has not announced guidelines on levels.

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