Monday, 5 March 2018

UK supermarkets ban sales of energy drinks to children under-16s

Sales of energy drinks to children under 16 have been banned in most major UK supermarkets, amid concerns about high levels of sugar and caffeine.

Boots is also joining supermarkets such as Asda, Waitrose, Tesco and the Co-op in introducing the rule.

Retailers will limit sale of energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre to under-16s.

Co-op said it recognised the "growing concern about the consumption of energy drinks" among children.

Other supermarkets introducing the voluntary ban include Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

Boots is the first retailer to partake that is not a supermarket.

The Co-op, Aldi and Lidl implemented the change on 1 March, while Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda and Boots put the rule in place on 5 March.

A Boots spokesperson said: "Helping our customers to live healthier lives has always been our core purpose.

"We have listened to the growing public concern about young people consuming these high sugar and highly-caffeinated drinks."

Although Tesco has announced its decision to follow, it will not implement the change until 26 March.

BBC       News.