The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a public advisory to raise awareness about the consumption of caffeinated energy drinks (CEDs) and their potential health implications. The advisory, released on Aug. 21, provides information for consumers regarding the consumption of these beverages.

Caffeinated energy drinks are beverages or mixtures that include added caffeine, often accompanied by various other ingredients like vitamins, minerals, taurine and herbal elements. These products can also contain natural caffeine sources such as guarana and yerba mate. In Canada, these drinks are allowed to have a maximum caffeine content of 180 mg per serving.

Consumers are urged to carefully review product labels to ascertain the caffeine content per serving, the number of servings in the container, and the recommended daily consumption. It is advised that CEDs should not be consumed by individuals younger than 14 years old, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those sensitive to caffeine. Adults aged 18 and over are cautioned not to exceed a daily caffeine intake of 400 mg.

Excessive caffeine consumption can result in adverse health effects including insomnia, irritability, headaches, and nervousness. The CFIA has recently recalled certain caffeinated energy drinks because of excessive caffeine levels and improper labeling, including missing cautionary statements. Consumers are encouraged to report any consumption-related incidents to the CFIA and can also reach out to the manufacturers directly.

To ensure safety, the CFIA recommends that children, pregnant or breastfeeding individuals, and those sensitive to caffeine refrain from consuming caffeinated energy drinks. Others are advised to limit their intake and adhere to the cautionary instructions on the product labels.

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