MONTREAL, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Association des embouteilleurs de
boissons gazeuses du Québec (AEBGQ) and its members respond to
recommendations made today by the Coalition Poids.
Obesity is a complex issue and experts will tell you that no single food
causes weight gain or obesity. The solution to this very complex issue
lies not in targeting a single product or category but in encouraging
healthy active lifestyles that balance calories in to calories out.
In response to the Coalition's recommendations:
In 2011, Health Canada announced that all beverages currently classified
as NHPs will move from the NHP category to the food category. This
transition is already underway with energy drinks and vitamin waters
will follow shortly. The AEBGQ is supportive of this move and is
actively working with Health Canada to facilitate it.
In February 2011, the AEBGQ and its members announced Clear on Calories,
a front of pack caloric labeling initiative that was designed to help
Canadians understand the caloric content and serving size of the
beverages they were choosing. This initiative is currently rolling out
across the country and will be completed in the coming year.
Health Canada has identified caffeine levels that are acceptable for
Canadians and energy drinks fall well within those guidelines with
about half the caffeine of a typical cup of coffee. In addition
Canadians get 90% of their caffeine from coffee and tea. As a result,
there is no need for age restrictions for energy drinks or other
When considering sugar consumption in Canada would it not be appropriate
to look at sugar from all sources? Our members already offer Canadians
a wide variety of beverage choices with over 30 per cent of their
portfolio consisting of no- and low-calorie products.
As part of the transition from NHP to foods Health Canada has already
established maximum caffeine levels for energy drinks. We feel it is
important to educate Canadians on all sources of caffeine rather than
single out one specific source. Coffee continues to be Canadians'
major source of caffeine with some beverages containing over 400 mg of
caffeine per cup, Health Canada's recommended daily maximum.
The Association des embouteilleurs de boissons gazeuses du Québec
recognizes that obesity is a complex issue and that it will take
everyone working together to bring about change. We have repeatedly
reached out to the Coalition Poids to actively engage them in
discussions but have been unsuccessful.
The Association des embouteilleurs de boissons gazeuses du Québec is the
provincial trade association representing the broad spectrum of brands
and companies that manufacture and distribute the majority of
non-alcoholic liquid refreshment beverages consumed in Québec.
SOURCE Canadian Beverage Association
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Association des embouteilleurs de boissons gazeuses du Québec