Press releases

12 December 2018

BSDA welcomes committee's energy drinks findings

The government's Science and Technology Committee has concluded there is not enough scientific evidence to warrant a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children.

It did, however, suggest "societal concerns and evidence" could "justify a ban."

Gavin Partington, Director General at the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA), responded to the committee's findings.

He said: “The BSDA supported the voluntary ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s by retailers as it is in line with our longstanding Code of Practice, so naturally we welcome the Committee’s endorsement of this approach.

“Our members do not market or promote energy drinks to under 16s, nor do they sample products with this age group. In addition, energy drinks carry an advisory note stating ‘Not recommended for children’.

“It is worth noting the Committee found that the current quantitative evidence alone is not sufficient to warrant a statutory ban. The BSDA is committed to supporting the responsible sale of energy drinks and is keen to work with governments and retailers to achieve this – in line with and in the spirit of our own Code of Practice.”