Canada introducing rules to limit amount of caffeine allowed in energy drinks, capping at 180 milligrams/drink

OTTAWA, Ontario , October 7, 2011 () – Canada is introducing rules to limit the amount of caffeine allowed in energy drinks such as Red Bull.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Thursday they will cap caffeine at 180 milligrams per drink, about as much as a medium cup of coffee.

The drinks will also have to clear labels that list the amounts of caffeine, vitamins and other ingredients. They will also have to carry a warning that they are not recommended for children or pregnant or breast-feeding women and should not be mixed with alcohol.

The changes are more lenient than the recommendations proposed by an expert panel the government called upon. The panel wanted to treat the drinks as medication, label them as "stimulant drug-containing drinks" and allow sales only from behind the pharmacist's counter.

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