7 May 2011

Review of energy drink guidelines ordered

6:43 am on 7 May 2011

New Zealand and Australia have ordered a review of guidelines on caffeinated energy drinks.

The ministers responsible for trans-Tasman food and drink regulation have decided it's time to address health concerns.

The review was decided on at a meeting in Canberra on Friday was attended by Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson.

Australian junior health minister Catherine King says the review will consider global developments in caffeinated products and regulatory approaches in other countries.

The group will also receive advice from the intergovernmental committee on drugs on the issue of mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks.

A decision will then be made whether to refer the matter for further action to Food Standards Australia New Zealand, she said.