Date: 27.05.2015

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).

For more information:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/factsheets/efsaexplainscaffeine150527