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MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks
From BBC - January 10, 2018

An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent.

Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister's Questions.

She said Justin Bartholomew's family were "convinced" his intake of more than 15 cans a day had increased his anxiety and contributed to his death.

Theresa May said the government had taken action over high-sugar drinks and would continue to look at the evidence.

Supermarket chain Waitrose recently announced it was banning the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16, following concerns over the impact of sugar and caffeine on children.

Ms Caulfield asked whether, given the actions of Waitrose and campaigners, including Jamie Oliver, the prime minister would consider a national ban.

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