Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, welcomed the vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today to reject a proposal from the EU Commission which would allow the labels of energy drinks to feature health claims.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms. Childers, a member of the EU Parliament’s committee in charge of public health and food safety where the vote was held , said:
“By allowing products to state benefits to health owing to their caffeine contents, we would be enabling energy drinks to claim alertness and concentration boosting effects.
“It is simply not appropriate for us to be endorsing this kind of policy when we know how popular these drinks are with teenagers and even some children, who are particularly vulnerable to some marketing strategies.
“These products also tend to have very high sugar levels, where a single unit often reaches the maximum recommended daily intake levels.
“High sugar consumption habits tend to endure and contribute to serious, chronic health problems later in life.
“This is not about any sort of nanny-state prohibition. Energy drinks are, and will remain, fully available on the market but I see no reason why we should let them tout their stimulant properties on the label.”