PepsiCo has announced that it will pull its sugary sodas from primary and secondary schools worldwide by 2012. WNPR's Diane Orson reports.
PepsiCo is the first company to voluntarily stop sales of sugary soft drinks in schools around the globe. Dr. Marlene Schwartz, deputy director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity says there was concern that the company would stop sales in U.S. schools, but continue to market to children in developing nations.
"The fact that Pepsi has proactively said that they will not do that is really encouraging because its really promising that they won’t do what I think some people feared from the industry."
Studies by Yale consistently find a strong association between consumption of sugary sodas and obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.