Consumer Watch: Keep energy drinks from kids

NZ Herald 20 October 2013
Beverage manufacturers have a clear message to people worried about caffeine levels in energy drinks: stop your children from drinking them.

Submissions closed on Friday for a review of the Food Regulation Standing Committee’s guidelines on foods that have added caffeine.

The guidelines apply to New Zealand and Australia.

The committee said it was responding to increasing concern that children were being exposed to high levels of caffeine, which could affect their health.

In New Zealand, energy drinks can contain 140mg/L to 320mg/L of caffeine, and must be clearly labelled.

Labels must state that the product contains caffeine, and is not recommended for children, pregnant or breastfeeding women.

But Canada has limited the amount of caffeine allowed in a single standard beverage to 180mg.