Caffeine limits for energy drinks in Canada

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Caffeine limits for energy drinks in Canada

Postby fishandchips on Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:28 am

This week, Health Canada put out a release indicating the limits on how much caffeine can be in drinks and some foods. The concern developed over energy drinks and teens that drink more than is considered safe.
Until now, energy drinks were classified as a Natural Health Product (NHP), as a result, were not required to put a nutrition facts table on their products. After this change, most energy drinks will be classified in legal terms as a food, as they are in other countries like the United States and Europe. This means that the nutrition facts table will be on every can, and inspection powers will rest with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Under the new measures, Heath Canada would also require:

Limit the amount of caffeine that can be included in an energy drink to 180 mg in a single serving (equivalent to approximately what can be found in a medium coffee)
In addition to current labels that identify groups for whom high levels of caffeine are not recommended (children, pregnant/breastfeeding women), labels would indicate the levels of caffeine in the product;
Requirements to include ingredient, nutrition and allergen declaration, as with all other foods;
Ensure that types and levels of vitamins and minerals are within safe levels
Warning statement advising not to mix with alcohol
Energy drink makers would also be required to report to Health Canada any consumer health complaints associated with their products. They would also be required to submit to Health Canada more detailed information on consumption and sales of energy drinks. This information will help the Department monitor if additional safety requirements are needed.
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Re: Caffeine limits for energy drinks in Canada

Postby smitty on Sun Oct 09, 2011 4:56 pm

We know it at BC PLACE then it would be a long wait to even get any.

Mind you with something wasted like 56Million dollars on the new roof, it might have been when in their seats the roof leakage came about, so time to get out of the leaking roof & have a cup of coffee.
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Re: Caffeine limits for energy drinks in Canada

Postby Eureka on Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:34 pm

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Safe? If used correctly they probably are, BUT how many are actually going to read the label to know when they have hit the max? Some deaths and injuries are linked to these high caffeine drinks according to the FDA. Maybe they should come with warning labels?


5-Hour Energy:

2 oz. (60 mL) = 207 mg caffeine


8 oz. (240 mL) = 80 mg caffeine


8 oz. (240 mL) = 79-80 mg caffeine

Red Bull:

8.4 oz (250 mL) = 76-80 mg caffeine

Full Throttle:

8 oz. (240 mL) = 70-72 mg caffeine


8 oz. (240 mL) = 47 mg caffeine


Starbucks Pike Place brewed:

16 oz. (480 mL) = 330 mg caffeine

Generic brewed coffee:

8 oz. (240 mL) = 95-200 mg caffeine

Mountain Dew:

12 oz. (355 mL) = 46-55 mg caffeine


12 oz. (355 mL) = 32-39 mg caffeine

Coca-Cola Classic:

12 oz. (355 mL) = 30-35 mg caffeine
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Re: Caffeine limits for energy drinks in Canada

Postby smitty on Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:28 pm

Possible something in this. For the most I might have a mug of coffee with just a limited amount of the coffee compared to some others. Do not need more then that bit of coffee.

At one m/c shop I worked the owners were British so it was tea for me in the morning to even later in the day.

Will also admit that I had a small continer of Orange Juice this morning. Also due to medication the orange juice is last after the milk & ceriel for b/fast.
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Re: Caffeine limits for energy drinks in Canada

Postby deja vu on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:45 pm

A new federal government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drinks have surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.

From 2007 to 2011, the government estimates the number of emergency room visits involving the neon-labeled beverages shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000. Most of those cases involved teens or young adults, according to a survey of the nation's hospitals released late last week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ... -2007?lite

They can warn people to the end of time and it wont do any good. It will fall on deaf ears, especially with teens and young adults. Maybe part of the solution is an age limit in line with the drinking age.
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Re: Caffeine limits for energy drinks in Canada

Postby CielOnTap on Wed May 17, 2017 2:20 pm

I've have often read warnings on energy drinks that they are not to be combined with alcohol and there is even a suggested limit to how many energy drinks one should have. Energy drink limits are based on adult consumption, not teen consumption.

In the United States, a sad story of a teenager who had consumed three drinks with caffeine and felt ill within two hours has died. Authorities figured out a probable cause due to talking with the teenager's friends about his caffeinated beverage intake. Without that key information, there would not have been a reason provided for the teenager's death: caffeine-induced arrythmia.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that adolescents, age 12 to 18, should not consume more than 100 milligrams of caffeine per day. An intake of caffeine greater than that has been associated with elevated blood pressure in adolescents, Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, nutrition specialist and vice chairwoman in the department of nutrition at the University of California, Davis, previously told CNN.
When it comes to energy drinks specifically, "children and adolescents are advised to avoid energy drinks. They can contain a significant amount of caffeine as well as other stimulants," she said.[/quote]
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