England’s Department of Health and Social Care has opened a consultation on whether the country should ban the sale of energy drinks to children. The consultation requests comments on (i) “what products should be included in any restrictions,” (ii) “what age limit a ban should apply to,” (iii) “whether sales of energy drinks from vending machines should be restricted” and (iv) “whether there are any changes that would be more appropriate than a ban on sales to children or that could be applied as well as a ban.” The consultation cites the effects of sugar and caffeine on children as concerns triggering the proposed ban. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would not be affected by any actions England takes pursuant to the consultation.

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