Councils vote no to sugary drinks policy

The New Zealand Dental Association has expressed its disappointment after Manawatu and Rangitikei councils voted against developing a Sugar Sweetened Beverages Policy.

Local Government New Zealand decided in July to urge councils nationwide to introduce their own policy aiming to reduce sugar consumption in users of council-run workplaces and facilities.

Separately, a policy brief by the New Zealand Beverage Guidance Panel recommending a tax on sugary drinks is currently before Parliament.

New Zealand Dental Association

First published: October 2017

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