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Andreas Kadi, Secretary General of Energy Drinks Europe commented on today’s findings:

“EDE welcomes the UK Science and Technology Committee’s firm conclusion that there is not enough evidence to support an age ban on energy drinks. EDE also welcomes the Committee’s recommendation to reform caffeine labelling for all food and beverage products.  EDE again reiterates that portion control, of all foods and beverages, is the most efficient way of reducing obesity in all ages.”

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A 250 ml can of energy drink typically contains 80 mg of caffeine, about the same as a cup of coffee, and the same amount of sugar as in the same-sized apple juice, orange juice or conventional soft drink (27g). For all ages, there are much greater contributors of caffeine and sugar in the diet than energy drinks.

A sales ban on energy drinks is therefore arbitrary, discriminatory and not effective.

A better approach is to work with governments to ensure a fact-based discussion rather than proposals based on conjecture. Effective measures would include portion control and serving size reductions.

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Eine 250 ml Dose eines typischen Energy Drinks enthält in etwa die gleiche Menge an Koffein wie eine Tasse Filterkaffee (80 mg), und dieselbe Zuckermenge, die auch in der gleichen Menge Apfelsaft, Orangensaft oder eines konventionellen Soft Drinks enthalten ist (27 g). Für alle Altersgruppen gilt: Andere Lebensmittel tragen einen wesentlich höheren Anteil zur täglichen Koffein- und Zuckeraufnahme bei als Energy Drinks.

Ein Abgabeverbot für Energy Drinks wäre daher willkürlich, diskriminierend und nicht zielführend.

Wir bevorzugen eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit Behörden, um sicher zu stellen, dass die Diskussion auf Fakten basiert und nicht auf Mutmaßungen. Eine wirksame Maßnahmen wäre z.B. die Reduzierung von Portionsgrößen.

Une canette de boisson énergisante de 250ml contient généralement 80mg de caféine, soit l’équivalent d’une tasse de café, et la même quantité de sucres que dans un verre de jus d’orange, de jus de pomme ou que dans un soda classique (soit 27g). Pour toutes les catégories d’âge, les apports en caféine et en sucres dans l’alimentation proviennent principalement d’autres sources que les boissons énergisantes.

Une interdiction de vente des boissons énergisantes serait donc arbitraire, discriminatoire et inefficace.

Le secteur souhaite promouvoir une approche constructive du sujet, et discuter avec les autorités sur la base de faits concrets. La réduction des formats et le contrôle des quantités consommées constitueraient notamment des mesures pertinentes et efficientes.

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There is no indication that energy drinks have any specific effect (negative or positive) on adults or teenagers related to alcohol consumption. Last year the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that it is unlikely that caffeine interacts adversely with other typical constituents of energy drinks or with alcohol. However, anybody drinking alcohol should do so in moderation, whether or not it is mixed with an energy drink.


EDE Position: Safety of energy drinks in combination with alcohol

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We welcome EFSA´s work on the safety of caffeine from all sources. This guidance from Europe’s leading risk assessment authority for food is based on sound science and will be of great value to policymakers and consumers. The EFSA opinion confirms the safety of daily caffeine intakes of up to 3 mg per kg of body weight for children and adolescents (3-18 years) and up to 400 mg for adults. We also welcome EFSA’s conclusion that it is unlikely that caffeine interacts adversely with other typical constituents of energy drinks or with alcohol. The opinion also confirms again the safety of energy drinks and their ingredients and therefore does not provide any scientific justification to treat energy drinks differently than the main contributors to daily caffeine intake in all age groups, i.e. tea, coffee, chocolate and other non-alcoholic beverages. One 250 ml can of energy drink typically contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg).


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