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The UK Government is proposing a ban on sales of energy drinks containing 150mg/L of caffeine to children under 16 years of age. While major retailers Waitrose, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tesco, Asda and Aldi have instigated this ban already, it is not yet law.
High profile celebrity chef Jamie Oliver supports the move, as does the advocacy group Action on Sugar and teacher groups. Energy drinks can contain higher levels of sugar than regular soft drinks.
The government’s consultation is seeking views on the proposal, including which drinks should be included, whether the age limit for the ban should be 16 or 18 years, whether vending machines should be included, and any other changes that may be applied. The consultation period ends on November 21.