Now they are coming for your energy drinks

Stuff?reports: quote:

Energy drinks are popular with students cramming for exams, but they’re often loaded with sugar or sweeteners. They’ve?also?killed people because their caffeine content is so high. end quote.

In VERY rare cases have they caused death. More people have choked on chicken bones. Should we be banning chicken?

Don’t even think about it…. quote:

Supermarkets in the United Kingdom have moved to?ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s amid concerns for kids’ health.?The Ministry of Health does not recommend energy drinks for children, but should New Zealand be doing more to protect Kiwi kids? end quote.

So energy drinks are now being moved to be age protected items but a kid could go to the dairy, buy 6 chocolate bars, scoff them, consume the same amount of sugar (probably more) and that’s okay? quote:

Our supermarkets are not considering following UK supermarkets and imposing age restrictions on the energy drinks.

Foodstuffs, which owns New World and?Pak’nSave supermarkets, is guided by the relevant food authorities in terms of the sale of energy drinks. Spokeswoman Antoinette Laird says?introducing restrictions on caffeinated products is?challenging.

“Coffee and tea are major sources of caffeine and New Zealanders, both young and old, are likely?to take a dim view of retailers questioning their flat white or English Breakfast purchases,” she says. end quote.

Dead right. We’ll be banning Nescafe next. Although to be fair, energy drinks do have far more caffeine on average than tea or coffee but, as I have said before, it is a slippery slope.

But here is the thing. quote:

Parents also have a significant role to play in educating children about how to make healthy food and drink choices, Laird says.

“Nutritional education at home, and school, helps our young people make good choices when they are shopping on their own. Foodstuffs runs a nationwide programme through primary schools called Food for Thought which educates young ones about how to make better nutritional choices,” she said. end quote.

Yes. Parental responsibility is the key. If parents take control of what their children are consuming, there should be no problem with this. I wouldn’t expect many parents to give energy drinks to young children anyway. Let’s face it, the effect on the kid just isn’t worth it.

Of course, there is nothing stopping parents from buying energy drinks and giving them to the kids. Whether you agree with it or not. quote:

A Countdown spokeswoman says the supermarket chain does?not plan?to place age restrictions on?energy drinks. end quote.

Yet. But as this is already happening overseas, notably in the UK, it is only a matter of time before it comes about here. Along with cigarettes, it will be yet another blow to dairy owners, who probably sell a lot of energy drinks to schoolkids.

Surprisingly though, the poll in the article indicates that most people actually agree with age-restricting energy drinks.

But then, you know what I think about some of these polls. Is this just another dodgy one?

 

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