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Energy drinks deemed safe by health authorities says Canadian Beverage Association

January 16, 2018
By Canadian Vending

Toronto – Energy drinks have been thoroughly tested and are considered safe by the world’s leading health authorities, the Canadian Beverage Association said in response to the release of Canadian survey results citing adverse effects of caffeinated energy drinks among youth and young adults.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal Open this week published a study from the University of Waterloo entitled, “Adverse effects of caffeinated energy drinks among youth and young adults in Canada: a Web-based survey.”

“Caffeine is one of the most heavily researched food and beverage ingredients. This includes research from Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority and the United States Food and Drug Administration,” the Canadian Beverage Association said in its statement. “All of these recognized authoritative scientific bodies have deemed caffeine, and more specifically, non-alcoholic caffeinated energy drinks (CEDs) to be safe for consumption by youths and adults.”

“The study published in the CMAJ Open, groups non-alcoholic caffeinated energy drinks, regulated by Health Canada as foods, together with dissimilar non-food products, namely alcoholic beverages with caffeine and ‘energy shots.’ These other products are not considered CEDs by Health Canada, and are regulated as non-food products. As such, the broad conclusions drawn about the purported negative effects of “energy drinks” are misleading.


The association cited Health Canada’s guidelines: “For adults, “…two servings of a typical energy drink per day would not be expected to pose a health risk for the general adult population.” For teens 12-18 years of age, “the caffeine content of one or two servings of a typical energy drink (80mg caffeine/serving) would be unlikely to pose an acute health hazard.”

The CBA also pointed out that energy drinks are regulated by Health Canada as a food and must follow all nutrition labelling provisions plus a few product-specific requirements. “Labels must specifically note that energy drinks are not recommended for children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or people who are sensitive to caffeine and must advise maximum daily consumption,” the CBA said.

Read the Canadian Beverage Association’s full response.