Denmark releases caffeine warning labels

Denmark releases caffeine warning labels

A warning will soon appear on energy drinks and other products containing caffeine, including food supplements, marketed to consumers in Denmark.

“Not recommended for children or pregnant women.” This warning will soon appear on energy drinks and other products containing caffeine, including food supplements, marketed to consumers in Denmark. So stresses Mette Gjerskov, Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, who is not prepared to wait for the corresponding harmonized EU regulation which will be applicable at the end of 2014.

“It is documented that energy drinks should not be consumed by children and pregnant women. Therefore I do not want Denmark to wait for the more rigorous European legislation on caffeine labelling that will apply by the end of 2014. With this in mind, we have implemented a national regulation that will apply immediately and that corresponds to the future EU regulation,” says Minister Mette Gjerskov.

"Unfortunately we have seen examples of children and teenagers who have drunk far too many energy drinks. With the new regulation we send a crystal clear message to parents that children should not consume energy drinks,” says the Danish Minister.

Facts about energy drinks:

It is already obligatory throughout the EU to write ”High caffeine content” on energy drinks containing more than 150mg caffeine/l.

Under the new Danish regulation beverages with a high caffeine content must be labelled ”High caffeine content. Not recommended for children, pregnant women and breast-feeding women”. Other products where caffeine is added with a physiological purpose, such as food supplements, must be labelled ”Contains caffeine. Not recommended for children or pregnant women”. Products not complying with the new rules but labelled before February 2012 may be sold until stocks are exhausted.

The new Danish regulation on caffeine labeling corresponds to the legislation set out in Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers that will apply by the end of 2014.

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