Food & Drink

UK considers banning ‘energy drink’ sales to children in England

SALFORD, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 30, 2018) (BBC NEWS) – The sale of high-caffeine soft drinks to children could be banned in England, the British government said on Thursday (August 30), citing public health concerns.

The so-called ‘energy drinks’ contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked to obesity and a range of other health issues.

Children consuming energy drinks can experience heart palpitations, high blood pressure, inability to sleep and restlessness, consultant dietician and senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University Ursula Philpot said in an interview.

Adolescents in Britain who drink energy drinks consume around 50 percent more than their counterparts in Europe, a government statement said.

The government launched a consultation seeking views on the subject, including at what age the ban should apply. The policy would only apply to England, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland free to set their own policies.

The ban would apply to drinks containing 150 milligrams of caffeine or more per litre.

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