Energy drinks have been sold and safely consumed for several decades and are available in more than 165 countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and all Member States of the European Union. The safety of mainstream energy drinks has been recognized by the world’s leading health authorities, including – the U.S. FDA, Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
In recent years, FDA has extensively studied the safety and consumption of energy drinks. This includes commissioning a consumption study of caffeinated beverages and authorizing the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a two-day public workshop on caffeine in food and dietary supplements. This study confirmed that overall caffeine intake has not increased since energy drinks entered the U.S. market, and that energy drinks contribute only a small portion of American consumers’ daily caffeine intake, even for children and adolescents.
European Food Safety Authority
In Europe, EFSA has extensively studied energy drinks for more than 15 years and has repeatedly confirmed the safety of energy drink ingredients. In 2015, EFSA released its Scientific Opinion on the Safety of Caffeine, concluding:
Health Canada’s energy drink assessment, published in June 2013, concluded: