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Dentists laud dairies' sugar ban

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/02/2017
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A tooth watchdog is praising the efforts of two dairy owners in Taranaki for banning the sale of fizzy drinks to children before school.

The type of leadership is commendable, the New Zealand Dental Association says.

Stratford's Northern Dairy owner Hui Vhang has banned the sale of sugary snacks and drinks before school.

He was approached by the Taranaki Health Board, which asked him to stop selling soft drinks to school children in the morning.

He's been doing it for nearly a month, and despite a hit to business, he thinks it'll be a long-term move, he told NZ Newswire.

CR Dairy in Eltham has also joined the crusade.

The Dental Association says it has identified the need to limit the sale of sugary drinks in and around schools.

"A lot of the work the association has done is with schools and communities, as this is where the issue of oral health and sugary drinks sits," spokesman Rob Beaglehole said.

"We support this public health leadership."

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