A ban on the sale of energy drinks for under 16s will come into effect in all UK leading supermarkets from 5th March.
Waitrose was the first UK supermarket to announce a ban of the sale of the highly-caffeinated drinks consumed by children – quickly followed by Morrison’s, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, ASDA, Lidl.
Youngsters wanting to purchase energy products which contain 150mg per litre of caffeine, will be asked prove they’re over the age of 16 from the 5th March.
The general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) told the Independent: “These drinks are readily available legal highs and are leading to children and young people consuming high levels of stimulants, with little known about the long-term health impacts”,
With supermarkets introducing their own age limits on the high caffeine and sugar products – Chef Jamie Oliver called for legislation to ban the sale of energy drinks to children.
He tweeted: “The supermarkets are showing real leadership, we now need the government to step up and introduce legislation which completely bans the sale of energy drinks to children.”
.@Jeremy_Hunt The supermarkets are showing real leadership, we now need the government to step up and introduce legislation which completely bans the sale of energy drinks to children. We are all ears?! #NotForChildren
— Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) January 30, 2018