A number of medical journals have published articles strongly advising against children consuming energy drinks – and even sports drinks – and now the government has introduced new legislation aimed at cautioning consumers about drinking highly caffeinated soft drinks.
Last month health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi signed an amendment to the country’s soft drinks regulations, with regard to “formulated caffeinated beverages” – better known as energy drinks.
Manufacturers and importers have until March to implement the labelling changes.
There is no legislated limit to the amount of caffeine which these drinks may contain, but those which contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre, shall have to declare the words “High Caffeine Content” as a “clearly legible message” on the front panel on the label.
In other words, no hiding it in small print on the back somewhere.