The advocacy for energy drink crack-downs continues on with L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks asking cops to police adolescent consumption of energy drinks.
Councilman Parks, former chief of the L.A. Police Department, proposed changing the placement of energy drinks on store shelves to prevent children from buying them. He also wants to add more warning labels to the beverages and impose restrictions on the amount of energy drinks a customer can purchase.
“I think it is the FDA’s job primarily to set standards but we as a city can do something as far as purchase location, labeling and who gets access,” Parks said, according to NBC Los Angeles.
In addition, he suggests that the city undertake further studies, similar to those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the effects of energy drinks.
A recent Consumer Reports study found that some energy drinks contain more caffeine than reported on the label, and the FDA reported that five deaths could be associated with Monster Energy drinks.
Parks made the motion on March 6, and said he hoped to move forward with it this week. His district, the South L.A. community, is known as a food desert—an area lacking a variety of affordable and healthy food choices. According to the L.A. County Department of Health, 30 percent of children in this area are obese.
But there’s already opposition to the proposal. One resident told NBC that there are many other things the city needs to do and regulating energy drinks is a waste of time. It will be interesting to see if Parks can implement his proposal.