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New Energy Drink Rules Expected PDF Print E-mail

Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq will be announcing new rules for so-called energy drinks this morning.

She is concerned about teenagers and tweens consuming too much caffeine by downing drinks such as Monster and Red Bull.

The drinks were the subject of a panel of experts who convened to examine the dangers of caffeine-loaded beverages, and advise the government on how to better control them.  Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is expected to announce new rules for energy drinks.

The plan will warn parents and teenagers about the dangers of drinking high amounts of caffeine, but will still allow for consumer choice, said one senior official.

"Our plan tomorrow is, we believe, going to be a balanced plan.  It’s going to focus on giving parents and all people more information," he said.

- Health Canada has estimated that about seven million caffeinated energy drinks are consumed every month in Canada. (Every Month!!!)

- They usually contain about the same amount of caffeine as a couple cups of coffee, but the effects on teenagers, and the effects of the drinks when mixed with alcohol, have not been properly explored, the panel said.

- The drinks need to be considered a drug, not a food, the report urged.

"In the absence of real therapeutic and medically indicated benefits, the panel considers that the risks associated with the use of these drugs outweigh the benefits," it stated.

CBC News Canada
Thursday, October 6, 2011

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