13 Jul 11 Government wants warnings placed on energy drinks
Government intends to amend the regulations relating to soft drinks, specifically those categorised as “formulated caffeinated beverage or cola beverage” in an effort to enhance the public’s awareness of the possible harmful effects of energy drinks. The public has until 13 August 2011 to comment on the draft amendments in terms of section 15(1) of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act of 1972.
- A message on the main panel of the label, in bold capital letters not less than 3.0mm in height: “HIGH CAFFEINE CONTENT”
- A clearly legible message in capital letters not less than 3.0mm in height: “NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE, PREGNANT WOMEN, PERSONS SENSITIVE TO CAFFEINE AND NOT TO BE CONSUMED AS A MIXTURE WITH ALCOHOL BEVERAGES”
- The label on the package will also need to include declarations on the quantity of caffeine per serving size and per 100ml, expressed in milligrams or “mg”
Caffeine Content of UK and Europe Drinks
This caffeine content database shows how drinks in Europe compare with one another. See http://www.energyfiend.com