May 28, 2015 (TORONTO) – Canadian Beverage Association members welcome the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in-depth assessment on the safety of caffeine from all sources.
EFSA concludes that other typical constituents of energy drinks do not affect the safety of caffeine consumption from those drinks, and that caffeine can be safely consumed in conjunction with physical exercise under normal conditions. The opinion clearly demonstrates that there is no scientific justification for energy drinks to be treated any differently from other contributors to daily caffeine intake.
The EFSA opinion confirms safe daily caffeine intakes for various population groups, with findings similar to those of Health Canada: i.e. up to 400 mg for adults. See Health Canada and EFSA guidelines for other groups.
This opinion from the European Union’s key risk assessment authority for food is a comprehensive independent scientific review based on sound science and will be of great value to consumers, policy makers and industry.
Sources of caffeine include coffee, specialty coffee, tea, chocolate, colas and other caffeinated soft drinks, energy drinks, and more.
For more information, visit:
EFSA findings: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/corporate/doc/efsaexplainscaffeine150527.pdf
Canadian energy drink information: http://energydrinkinformation.ca/