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Boylan slams EU Proposal to Put Health Claims on Energy Drinks

15 June, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan has today slammed the EU Commission’s proposals to put health claims on energy drinks.  The proposal comes on the back of the so called health benefits of caffeine such as improved concentration and alertness. However due to a failure of the European Commission to legislate for nutrient profiles, these health claims can now be advertised on products, such as energy drinks which are clearly far from healthy.

Speaking on the proposal the Dublin MEP said,

“This proposal from the EU Commission is reckless; some of these energy drinks contain a staggering 20 teaspoons of sugar in an average 500 ml bottle.  We now find ourselves in the ridiculous situation where the EU commission, instead of regulating these unhealthy drinks, actually want to put health promotions on the front!”

“A recent study by the European Food Safety Agency showed that the 10-18 year olds are the age group most likely to drink energy drinks and the World Health Organisation have voiced their concerns around the impact such drinks have on younger people.

“Ignoring the potential health risks for young people posed by a significantly growing trend for energy drink consumption among that age group is a risky strategy.  Instead of pushing forward with health claims which help to promote these energy drinks, the Commission needs to reassess its priorities for safeguarding health and especially the health of children and adolescents”  added Ms Boylan. ENDS

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