Caffeinated Energy Drinks Pose Safety Risks Due to Caffeine Content and Labelling Issues

August 28, 2023 Canada

In a recent development, several brands of caffeinated energy drinks have been found to be potentially unsafe for consumption due to concerns related to the caffeine content and labelling non-compliance. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall notice for the affected products listed below:

  1. 3D Alphaland Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  2. 5 Hour Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  3. Alani Nu Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  4. Bang Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  5. C4 Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  6. Celsius Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  7. Cocaine Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  8. Dragonball Z Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  9. Fast Twitch Caffeinated Energy Drinks
  10. G Fuel Caffeinated Energy Drinks

Issue and Reason for Recall

The recall has been initiated due to multiple non-compliance issues associated with the caffeine content and labelling requirements of these energy drinks. The affected products are those that contain caffeine and lack bilingual (English and French) labelling as per regulatory standards.

Health Risks and Precautions

Consuming products with high levels of caffeine can pose serious health risks, especially for certain vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant individuals, breastfeeding individuals, and those sensitive to caffeine. The CFIA advises against exercising while consuming caffeine, as it may lead to adverse health effects. Potential side effects of excessive caffeine consumption include insomnia, irritability, headaches, and nervousness.

Action Steps for Consumers

If you suspect that you may have consumed one of the recalled products and are experiencing adverse health effects, it is recommended that you contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Here’s what you should do if you have any of the recalled products:

  1. Check Your Products: Examine your energy drinks to determine if they belong to the recalled brands and flavors listed above.
  2. Cease Consumption: Do not consume, serve, use, sell, or distribute any recalled products.
  3. Dispose or Return: Discard the recalled products safely or return them to the place of purchase.
  4. Report Recalled Products: If you come across any recalled products being sold or distributed, you can report it to the CFIA to ensure public safety.
  5. Online Purchases: If you buy food products online, exercise caution and do not assume that they meet Canadian requirements. Verify product details and labels before purchasing.

Contact Information

For more information on this recall and to stay updated on food safety alerts, please visit the CFIA website or contact their Consumer Services team.

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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