Campaigner Oliver appeals for law to ban sale of energy drinks to children
CHEF AND campaigner Jamie Oliver has called for legislation to ban the sale of energy drinks to children after supermarkets introduced their own age limits on the high-caffeine and sugar products.
Oliver tweeted: “The supermarkets are showing real leadership, we now need the government to step up and introduce legislation which completely bans the sale of energy drinks to children.”
The chef, who has long campaigned to change the nation’s eating habits, said a Government ban would ensure that smaller independent shops also stopped selling the drinks. He said: “If the energy drink industry is literally telling us their products are ‘not recommended for children’ on the cans, why can kids as young as ten buy them whenever they want?
“This consumption is compromising our kids, and our teachers, too – we have to do something about it.”
Last week Tesco became the latest supermarket to announce plans to stop selling energy drinks to under-16s. Tesco said it would “introduce measures” to prevent the sale of energy drinks to children from March. It follows similar moves by other supermarkets including Waitrose.
Campaigners have been calling for a complete ban on the sale of energy drinks to children.