France bans re­fills

Sunday Herald Sun - - World -

THE prac­tice of of­fer­ing free re­fills from self-ser­vice soft drink foun­tains is now il­le­gal in France.

A gov­ern­ment de­cree — pro­hibit­ing restau­rants, ho­tels and cater­ing fa­cil­i­ties from al­low­ing cus­tomers to top up their drinks for free — went into ef­fect yes­ter­day.

The move is aimed at com­bat­ing obe­sity.

The ban on re­fills of sweet­ened soft drinks is part of a sweep­ing pub­lic health law passed a year ago.

France has some of the low­est obe­sity and over­weight rates among de­vel­oped coun­tries.

In 2012, the New York City health board ap­proved mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban the sale of large sug­ary drinks in restau­rants and other venues. How­ever, a court struck down the pro­posal in 2013.

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