TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Beverage Association is
supportive of science-based regulations for energy drinks and all food
and beverage products. However, energy drink regulations must be
developed using detailed scientific analysis, risk assessments and they
must be supported through a robust pharmacovigilance analysis. In the
absence of these mandatories, the interests of Canadian consumers are
not being met.
We assert that the conclusions reached in the Expert Panel Report are
based on flawed assessments and assumptions of the data put before the
Panel. As a result, the recommendations run counter to how these
products are regulated in 160 countries world-wide, including the EU,
Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
The Panel's recommendations are completely unsubstantiated in science
and their conclusions are unreasonable. At the request of industry,
independent experts conducted a detailed pharmacovigilance analysis of
the data provided to the Panel by Health Canada. This analysis
included a review and assessment of all reported adverse events, which
the CBA obtained from Health Canada under Access to Information. Based
on their independent analysis, these third party experts concluded that
the linking of the alleged adverse reactions to the use of energy
drinks were unfounded based on the data before Health Canada. Their
analysis does not show any supportive facts for the Panel's position and fully supports the
multitude of international assessments that energy drinks and their
ingredients are safe.
Based on the Panel's definition of drinks containing stimulants, all
forms of coffee and tea would fall into the same definition. Given that
over ninety per cent (90%) of the caffeine in Canadians' diets comes
from coffee and tea1, it is therefore perplexing that these beverages would not be subject
to the same demanding requirements as energy drinks.
In a mL by mL comparison, energy drinks contain on average half the
caffeine found in a regular cup of filtered drip coffee. A small 237
mL (8 oz) filter-drip coffee contains approximately 179 mgs of caffeine
while a similar sized energy drink contains on average only 80 mg.
Energy drinks have been regulated, sold and consumed as food products in
more than 160 countries around the world for years. Health authorities
and numerous scientific expert panels in various jurisdictions,
including the EU, Australia and New Zealand, have assessed energy
drinks and their ingredients and have concluded that they are safe.
The Canadian Beverage Association is the national trade association
representing the broad spectrum of brands and companies that
manufacture and distribute the majority of non-alcoholic liquid
refreshment beverages consumed in Canada.
Copies of the third party reports are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Canadian Beverage Association
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