Maryland lawmakers have proposed legislation (H.B. 1273) that would
prohibit the sale of energy drinks to youth younger than age 18. Defining
energy drink as a “beverage, an energy shot, or a powdered drink mix that
contains 71 milligrams or more of caffeine per 12-ounce serving and the
ingredients taurine, guarana, panax ginseng, inositol, or L-Carnitine in any
amount,” the bill would also prohibit minors from possessing such drinks and
prohibit their sale in vending machines.

In a related development, Maryland lawmakers have also proposed legislation
(H.B. 1255) that would prohibit the inclusion of “any beverage other than
bottled water or low-fat milk in a fixed-priced children’s menu or meal.” See, March 7, 2014.


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