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Canada Considers Strengthening Energy Drink Warning Labels, Restricting Sales

October 4, 2011: 08:13 PM EST
Writer Nora Simmons reports that new labeling requirements and sales limits being considered by the Canadian government for energy beverages “could send shockwaves through the industry.” A Health Canada panel recently issued a set of labeling and sales recommendations saying that energy drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster should be reclassified as “stimulant drug containing drinks” that should be sold only in pharmacies under the supervision of a pharmacist. Current labeling for energy drinks in Canada has the usual warnings for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children. But the panel suggested stiffening the warnings to say that energy drinks have been shown to have harmful and even fatal effects.
Nora Simmons, "Energy drinks designated as drugs?", Functional Ingredients, October 04, 2011, © Penton Media Inc
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