NSW considers ban on some energy drinks

Posted by Editorial on 3rd September 2009

The NSW Government is warning of a crackdown on energy drink sales to children in the wake of cases of overconsumption.

Five year 7 students from Sydney’s western suburbs reportedly suffered side effects including dizziness and nausea after consuming energy drinks yesterday, with such cases potentially forcing the government to act.

“Some of these shots have between 12 and 15 times the level of caffeine permitted under the food standards code,” Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald told Fairfax Radio Network. “Clearly these are issues that we really need to deal with, particularly as there’s lots of anecdotal evidence, at least, that these drinks can have quite a deleterious effect on young people.”

Currently, some drinks can’t be banned because they are registered with the federal Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the NSW Government would discuss the prospect of deregistration with this body.

“If they are deregistered by the TGA, then I can take those drinks off the market,” he advised.