Our Health: The War on Caffeine
One of the ‘Big 4’ grocery supermarkets has announced that anyone who buys a high-caffeine drink will be asked for their age.
Recently, Asda, Aldi and Waitrose all stopped selling high caffeine drinks to youngsters. Morrisons will now follow with 646 of its UK stores planning to introduce an age restriction on 84 products. (Even if you are buying a product online with a mass of 150mg of caffeine per litre, ID to prove you are 16 or over will be required.)
Waitrose director of technical and corporate social responsibility Simon Moore said:
“As a responsible retailer, we want to sell these products in line with the labelling guidance.
“These drinks carry advice stating that they are not recommended for children, so we’re choosing to proactively act on that guidance, particularly given the widespread concerns which have been raised about these drinks when consumed by under 16s.”
The well-known professional author and celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver has contributed in the battle to ban high-caffeine drinks. He says: ‘It’s just wrong and horrific but schools are giving children these drinks and it’s happening everywhere in hundreds of schools in Britain today.’
Increasing numbers of people are trying to ban these potentially harmful drinks and don’t like the way that schools make them freely available. Others say it is OK but many experts disagree. Scientists and medical staff have proven that high consumption of these drinks can give rise to a certain type of cancers, particularly in the liver.
Elvie, Year 6