Vote on call to veto energy drink “alertness” claims
Sugary drinks and energy drinks containing caffeine should not display claims that they help increase alertness or concentration, as this would promote sugar consumption by adolescents, the largest group of energy drink consumers, say MEPs. A proposal to veto a technical measure tabled by the EU Commission that would allow such claims is to be voted on Thursday.
A 250ml can of energy drink can contain up to 27g of sugar and 80mg of caffeine, note MEPs, even though the World Health Organisation recommends that adults and children should get no more than 10% of their daily energy intake from free sugars, and that a further reduction to below 5% (about 25g per day) would provide additional health benefits.
Debate: Wednesday 6 July
Vote: Thursday 7 July
Procedure: legislative resolution