Trinidad to ban school soft-drink sales in April

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has announced that the sale of soft drinks in schools will be banned come April.

Deyalsingh said this plan of action was a way to bring a healthy lifestyle to the nation’s children.

Deyalsingh said his vision when he became Minister of Health was to address two issues.

These were the problem of maternal deaths, which he said have since decreased, and the banning of the sale of soft drinks in schools.

“On becoming Minister of Health, Trinidad and Tobago was faced with a very bad problem with maternal deaths, so I had a vision to decrease maternal deaths and we have been successful… and (as) the Minister of Health, and I take full responsibility for this, whether good or bad, is to ban the sale of soft drinks in schools from April,” he said.

Deyalsingh said he intends to roll out “serious policies” for children to have a healthier lifestyle.

He called on parents to support this initiative and asked that they stop giving ­sugary drinks and unhealthy foods to their children.

He said he was surprised to see children as young as 15 at dialysis centres.

He said it costs the State $130,000 for one person per year for dialysis treatment. (Trinidad Express)

25 Responses to Trinidad to ban school soft-drink sales in April

  1. Jennifer February 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    WOW, This is a step in the right direction although we need the parents on board too. What is our health ministry and public health doing????? WE HAVE THE SAME HEALTH ISSUE. It is utmost disgusting to see soft drinks trucks rolling into schools in this country. And then you get all this constant heath talk and how fat children and adults are getting, but no action. Parents too need to give their children healthy snacks and drinks especially water. This is basic understanding. Do not allow the children to bring the drinks to school either.

    • Tony February 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Barbados tried taxing the drinks to discourage consumption, but people seem happy to pay the higher price.

      And it seems the poorest people buy the most unhealthy junk.

  2. Tristan John
    Tristan John February 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    This is needed in Barbados as well. People with NCD’s place a strain on an already financially-strapped QEH!

  3. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave February 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Wise. Choice Barbados should do the same . Too much sweet drinks and snacks are consume by children as well .

  4. Hewers of wood February 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    And while you are at it do something about the vendors outside the schools too. Not a private school in Barbados has a vendor outside selling.

  5. Roger Chow
    Roger Chow February 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm


  6. Michele Antoinette
    Michele Antoinette February 19, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Great news Trinidad!!!

  7. Jade Drusilla Fenty
    Jade Drusilla Fenty February 19, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Wona Old People Trying To Take Everything. Leave Our Drinks Alone. If You Don’t Want Your Child Drinking Them Fine But Stop. Y’all Had Them Why Can’t The Younger Ones. It’s Bigger Things To Worry About Then Some Damn Drinks.

  8. Deborah February 20, 2017 at 6:58 am

    That’s great to see Trinidad and Tobago taking a step in the right direction where soft drinks is concerned parents need to be on board too

  9. jrsmith February 20, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Noticing governments around the world is neglecting they duty , but they are also shoring up the corporates..
    One country could have set precedence for the world , by having a set standard and labeling, also enforced penalties and abandonment of product against the corporates who are not following the codes of practice……

    This is where you ponder wheres is this all going ,, smoking kills but large corporates is still manufacturing cigarettes…
    Plastic bags is dangerous as we saw how whales and other animals are dying , by the bags and other effects to humans , but they are are manufacturing the same… what do we do……….

  10. Jennifer February 20, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Its all about money, and nothing else. NONE understanding at all.

  11. Lloyd Lewis
    Lloyd Lewis February 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Good move some time u have to save some people from them selves, i hope Barbados follow.

  12. ACST February 20, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Barbados have tried it in the schools, but soft drinks continued to be sold. The only school in Barbados which do not sell soft drinks is the St. Micheal school.

    As I said before too many organizations in schools for profit sell sweet things for fund raisers. The Principals are overall responsible for the school’s they must help to change this habit. The ministers of parliament in Barbados have failed at this, the work must be done by the physical educators and those directly in the day to day life of these children.

    Incentives must be given to health food options, how is it the healthy foods cost more than unhealthy ones

  13. Bill February 20, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Have been calling for this type of policy in Barbados for many years. We need to add to this to include the sale of these products to school students by vendors opporating within 100m of schools. We need also to have officers in place to monitor and report breaches which should attract steep penalties. The health of the nation needs to be protected and of course there are those who need to be protected against themselves

  14. kathy-Ann Clarke February 20, 2017 at 8:45 am

    YES !!, this indeed is a good step in the right direction, I always say action speak louder than words.

  15. Brewster February 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Excellent news. Now come on Barbados show you do indeed have the problem of diabetes at heart and do the same.

  16. Jennifer February 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    @ACST – These people are only interested in their pay pak. There should be a clearly
    defined job specification for their post, which encompasses health. The Principals the same thing. Many schools will ask for pep drinks instead of freshly made juices. Train up a child in the way he SHOULD GROW and when he is old he WILL NOT depart from it. The aim of having healthy foods expensive is because it is all part of the PURGE PLAN. Have as
    many people kill themselves eating the unhealthy foods, along with the contaminated, low grade medicines to finish you off, once illness sets in. Mind you the Minorities is not eating this unhealthy foods, only the Majority people. I pray that we wake up to see how these WOOD ANTS AND LOCUST ARE EATING. Georgia guide stones.

  17. Joy February 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Juices in Barbados are also very sweet, even the ones marketed as unsweetened.

    Fruit juices are also more expensive than soft drinks so they may be some poor parents who make the choice solely on economics.

    3 soft drinks to serve 3 children cost less than an equal amount of juice.

    3 apples to serve 3 children cost more than 3 packs of corn curls or sweet biscuits.

    Factor in high unemployment or underemployment and offer up some healthy, cost effective suggestions to help these struggling parebts please!

  18. Hewers of wood February 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Now you see why the politicians and health officials don’t give a flying f***. Get your ill health and get on with it.

  19. harry turnover February 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Don’t get carried away people .As far as I see,it is the SELLING of soft drinks that is to be ban and not soft drinks to be banned from Schools.
    That means children will still be able to take to School soft drinks.

  20. Celia Harding
    Celia Harding February 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I am in my mid sixties and we had any amount of soft drinks in school and there was no problems then. What has changed?

    • Janet Hurley
      Janet Hurley February 20, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      The children & adults today watch TV or use their tablets Ipads/pods & don’t get enough exercise like we did. I try to keep my Gran’s active as much as possible when they are at me. There was a letter in yesrterdays newspaper written by Trevor Shepherd he said its is not the sugar in soft drinks but the amount of calories in foods that is consumed by people.

  21. Celia Harding
    Celia Harding February 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    It’s now the soft drinks but lack of exercise.


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