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Health Canada to restrict caffeine content in energy drinks

DBR Staff Writer Published 02 January 2013

Canada’s national public health regulatory department Health Canada is set to restrict the amount of caffeine used in energy drinks to a maximum of 180mg from January 2013.

Apart from caffeine, the regulator will also restrict vitamins, amino acids and minerals content in energy drinks and other beverages.

Health Canada spokesman Sean Upton said, "when setting the 180 mg limit, we looked for a level that would not represent a risk, based on expected consumption patterns for these drinks."

According to reports, 28 out of 96 reclassified drinks will have to be reformulated as per the new regulations.

All the companies will also have to provide an annual data of energy drinks consumption, sales and incidents over the next five years.

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