UK Government to ban the sale of energy drinks to minors
The UK Government has moved to ban the sale of energy drinks to all children under the age of 16 following years of lobbying by advocacy groups and celebrities alike.
British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced the age limit ban on beverages high in caffeine and sugar, such as Monster, Red Bull and Lucozade.
Energy drinks high in caffeine and sugar will now be banned from sale to children.
Energy drinks high in caffeine and sugar will now be banned from sale to children.Source:istock
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The announcement follows a comprehensive consultation by the UK Health Department into how energy drinks are damaging kids’ health, sparking headaches, hyperactivity and obesity.
ENERGY DRINK DEBATE
A letter written by Mr Hancock to his fellow cabinet ministers revealed his plans to act on the energy drink crisis in the UK.
“Following a high level of interest in the consultation, we plan on announcing that we will be ending the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16,” Mr Hancock wrote.
He claimed he was “taking a precautionary approach to mitigate the potential negative effects associated with their excessive consumption by children”.
Matt Hancock has delivered a world-first announcement on the sale of energy drinks. Picture: Twitter/MattHancock
Matt Hancock has delivered a world-first announcement on the sale of energy drinks. Picture: Twitter/MattHancockSource:Twitter
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Mr Hancock originally tweeted his department had launched a consultation in August last year, inviting members of the public to submit their opinions on his “Childhood Obesity Plan”.