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MPs snub May ban on sale of en­ergy drinks to teens

- By Sean Poul­ter Con­sumer Af­fairs Edi­tor Beverages · Food · Theresa May · Norman Lamb

THERE is not enough ev­i­dence for Theresa May’s plan to ban the sale of en­ergy drinks to chil­dren and teenagers, MPs will say to­day.

Cur­rent sta­tis­tics and sci­ence do not sup­port a bar on the high-sugar and high-caf­feine bev­er­ages for the un­der­16s, they add in a re­port.

How­ever, it ‘might be le­git­i­mate’ to go ‘be­yond the ev­i­dence’ and im­pose a le­gal limit based on the con­cerns of teach­ers, say the MPs.

The all-party sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy com­mit­tee backed the ban by some schools on the drinks and the vol­un­tary bar by most su­per­mar­kets on their sale to the un­der-16s. Chair­man Nor­man Lamb MP said: ‘We sup­port vol­un­tary bans by re­tail­ers, many of whom have recog­nised the neg­a­tive im­pact as­so­ci­ated with such prod­ucts.’

He called for in­de­pen­dent re­search on en­ergy drinks to assess if they are more harm­ful than other soft bev­er­ages.

Crit­ics claim they fuel obe­sity and dis­rup­tive or risky be­hav­iour which harms learn­ing and sleep.

The Prime Min­is­ter un­veiled her pro­posal in Au­gust fol­low­ing con­cern from health cam­paign­ers and schools.

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