The Department of Health is going to release a discussion paper on regulation and supply of caffeinated energy drinks due to the rising concerns from different health groups as to the adverse health effects. Read on to know more.
The overdoses of caffeine have been linked with a wide variety of health conditions. In some cases, the over-consumption of caffeine may lead to the death of the user.
According to the Department of Health, the discussion paper had been produced by the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) Caffeine Working Group for offering policy guidance regarding the issue.
The Policy Options document does not talk about changes to caffeine regulation. Instead, it gives options to overarch policy guidance which should be considered by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand when reviewing or creating regulations for caffeine usage in the supply of food.
A study conducted earlier this year found that an increasing of people are saying that energy drinks sold in Australia are causing toxicity. It is affecting especially teens based in Australia. So, the study found that they were getting affected by the caffeine included in their drinks.
Based on the complaints from Australian residents, The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code have chosen to restrict the amount of caffeine that can added to energy drinks and cola-type soft drinks.