Call for energy drink caffeine regulation
The editor-in-chief of the Journal of Caffeine Research, Professor Jack E Jones, has called on the US and other countries to fill the “regulatory vacuum” in the rising concern about caffeine-related deaths.
“How many caffeine-related fatalities and near-misses must there be before we regulate?” he asks.
The US Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation into the links between certain energy drinks and recent deaths.
The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has recently found that emergency room visits because of energy drink issues have doubled over four years, from 10,068 in 2007 to 20,783 in 2011.
Professor Jones, who works at both Reykjavik University in Iceland and National University in Ireland, says these drinking-related hospital visits and fatalities are hardly “mere coincidence”.