Cam­paigner Oliver ap­peals for law to ban sale of en­ergy drinks to chil­dren

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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.

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