Energy drinks to be labelled

The Commission has proposed labelling rules for energy drinks, to clearly indicate if they contain high levels of caffeine or quinine.

The Commission's proposal states that there should be labelling rules to alert consumers to the presence of caffeine and quinine substances in drinks. In the case of caffeine, the labels should also indicate where the level exceeds 150 milligrams of the substance per litre. This means that normal cola-drinks are not affected since they contain lower levels of caffeine. Drinks based on tea or coffee also do not have to have a label, if it is clear from their name that they contain coffee or tea. The new law targets mainly the so called energy drinks.


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