Aldi bans sale of energy drinks to under-16s

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Aldi has announced plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s; from 1 March, age verification will be required to purchase any soft drink containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre.

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19 January 2018 | 0

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Aldi Ireland has annoucned plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s, amid concerns about the health effects of such products on consumers. Customers in all of Aldi’s 130 Irish stores buying any soft drink containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre will be asked to prove their age.

“We are introducing this age restriction in response to growing concern about the consumption of energy drinks among young people,” said Finbar McCarthy, group buying director at Aldi Ireland.

A 2011 study conducted by the American Academy of Paediatrics, showed energy drinks are consumed by up to 50% of adolescents, and contain “unregulated amounts of caffeine”. These drinks were found to cause or contribute to “seizures, diabetes, cardiac abnormalities, or mood and behavioral disorders,” the study concluded.

The new measures come into effect in Aldi stores across Ireland from 1 March.

 

 

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