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BSPD calls for ban on energy drink sales to under-16s

16th January 2018

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) has called for the government to introduce legislation preventing the sale of energy drinks to young people under the age of 16.

According to the organisation, this step may be necessary because of the negative impact these drinks can have on oral health, due to their high sugar content and acidic composition causing dental decay and erosion.

This comes in response to a decision by the supermarket Waitrose to refuse to sell energy drinks to young people aged 16 or under from March 5th, which followed a call from the campaign group Action on Sugar.

Research from Action on Sugar from last year indicated that the levels of sugar, caffeine and carbohydrate in energy drinks made them completely inappropriate for children, with the BSPD backing these conclusions.

Claire Stevens, president of the BSPD, said: "We would like all retailers to come on board and ideally to have legislation introduced to prevent all shopkeepers selling these drinks to under-16s."

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