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Selling coffee will be completely banned in South Korean schools

No more coffee in South Korean schools. Even Korean teachers will have to say goodbye to their cup of Joe at work.

According to national media, selling coffee will be completely banned at elementary, middle and high schools starting mid-September, Seoul’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Tuesday.

The ban will become effective as of Sept. 14 following a law revision. Foods and beverages with high levels of caffeine are already prohibited in schools, but coffee sales were allowed for adult teaching staff, with vending machines readily accessible to students.

The Ministry recommends no more than 2.5 milligrams of caffeine per 1 kilogram of weight per day for children and youth, and warns excess intake could cause nausea, irregular heart beat and sleep disorders.