November 10/Washington/UPI -- The American Beverage Association is supporting proposed U.S. Farm Bill legislation that would curb the sale of soft drinks in schools.

The proposed legislation would limit the sale of sports drinks to athletic areas in high schools. Only bottled water, milk, juice or other drinks containing no more than 25 calories for every eight ounces would be allowed, the Wall Street Journal said Friday.

Voluntary guidelines adopted by the soft drink industry allowed sports drinks to be sold throughout high schools. Calories on soft drinks were capped at 66 calories for every eight ounces, the newspaper said.

A spokesman for the American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola and Pepsi, said the proposed legislation "makes sense" and is "a more comprehensive approach."

From the November 19, 2007, Prepared Foods e-Flash