Bahrain: Ban On Sale Of Energy Drinks To Children Proposed

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Bahrain proposes a plan to ban the sale of energy drinks to those under 18 years.

The Shura Council may recommend a restriction on children consuming energy drinks after its Youth Affairs Committee placed a proposal to introduce a ban.

The law would also prevent the free distribution of energy drinks as well as their advertisements.  Social media was rife with rumors yesterday that the Shura Council was moving towards a total ban on energy drinks.

However, the committee clarified that the proposal is not intended to enforce a total ban on consumption of energy drinks, rather is intended to restrict and limit the consumption to those aged above 18. The committee stated that due to the unhealthy nature of energy drinks, it aims to reduce its consumption in the country.

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The move comes in light of the latest research findings that excessive consumption of energy drinks can lead to severe health problems in children.  The UK is also implementing a law to ban energy drinks sale to children.

Experts define energy drink as any beverage that contains high levels of stimulating ingredient, usually caffeine, as well as sugar and often supplements, such as vitamins or carnitine, and that is promoted as a product capable of enhancing mental alertness and physical performance.

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