Un­der-16s en­ergy drink ban is closer

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

A BAN on en­ergy drinks for un­der-16s moved closer yes­ter­day as MPS started to in­ves­ti­gate their health im­pact.

The Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Com­mit­tee met for the first time to hear from health ex­perts and teach­ers about the harm­ful ef­fects. School sale-ex­clu­sion zones, clearer alerts on cans and ad­vert curbs have been mooted.

The hear­ing fol­lows a Mir­ror cam­paign, with chef Jamie Oliver, to change the law. Rus­sell Viner, pres­i­dent of the Royal Col­lege of Pae­di­atrics, said of a ban: “We would have chil­dren with bet­ter well­be­ing, who are bet­ter slept, more pro­duc­tive at school and, be­cause of the linked sugar, likely to be less obese.”

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