The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has reviewed reports of recent deaths resulting from the consumption of certain caffeine-containing energy drinks, and has issued an information sheet reiterating its existing recommendations. These are that “adverse effects cannot be ruled out when larger amounts of these beverages are consumed in conjunction with intensive physical activity or with the intake of alcoholic beverages”, and that “beverages of this kind, particularly when consumed in larger amounts, are not recommended for children, pregnant and breast-feeding women, or individuals who are sensitive to caffeine.” BfR believes there is a need for an EU-wide harmonised approach “that reflects the current data situation”, and calls for additional research on the possible adverse effects of energy drinks in humans.

[Bundesinstitut fur Risikobewertung (BfR). New human data on the assessment of energy drinks. BfR Information No. 016/2008, 13 March 2008. Available at on the BfR website.] {176986}

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