Tuesday, 12 June 2018 14:28


SNP MSP Graeme Dey will lead a debate calling on all retailers to “be bold and voluntarily ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s” in the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday 13 June).

Many supermarkets have already adopted a minimum age for energy drinks sales, including Asda, Aldi, Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons and boots, and following correspondence with Graeme Dey MSP, Lidl and the Co-op adopted a voluntary ban in March 2018.

Industry guidelines recommend that under-16s should not consume drinks with a caffeine level of 150mg per litre or more, however some of the most popular brands contain 160mg. In both children and adults, too much caffeine can pose health risks and negative side-effects such as difficulty concentrating and sleeping and an increased heart rate.
Graeme Dey MSP for Angus South said:
“The response from many parts of the sector to this issue, including the Co-op and the Federation of Retail Newsagents, has been excellent. But it’s now time for all retailers to be bold and voluntarily ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s.
“Two years ago, a British Medical Journal report found strong links between energy drinks and symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, hyperactivity and insomnia in young people. And teachers tell me energy drinks are causing significant behavioural problems in schools, with many hyperactive teenagers interrupting classes after consuming high-caffeine drinks off campus at lunchtime.
“That is why I’m calling for more research into the risks of high-caffeine energy drinks, and for all retailers and sponsors alike to act responsibly and voluntarily stop selling and promoting energy drinks to young people.”

The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) provides advice to the Food Standards Agency, the Department of Health and other Government Departments and Agencies on matters concerning the toxicity of chemicals. Please see their briefing ‘Why should we ban energy drinks to under 16s?’ here.

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