Beverages and foods containing high levels of caffeine, including coffee, will be banned from being sold at schools in South Korea. 

According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, cafeterias and vending machines at primary and secondary school in the nation have been banned from selling foods and drinks high with caffeine beginning Friday. 

The measure follows the passage of a revised bill on food safety management for children that was proposed by and Rep. Kim Sang-hee of the ruling Democratic Party. The original bill regulated the sales of soft drinks, yogurt drinks and processed milk with a high levels of caffeine but did not ban the sales of general coffee drinks. 

The recommended daily intake for caffeine for those aged 19 or less is two-point-five milligrams per kilometer. A can of coffee contains an average 84 milligrams of caffeine.

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