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Latvian parliament conceptually supports energy drink distribution restrictions

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Аuthor: Edijs Pālens/LETAThe Saeima National Economy, Agriculture, Environment and Regional Policy Commission conceptually supports the Energy Drinks bill. Its goal is to regulate the distribution and advertising of energy drinks.

Given that the bill also applies to the European rights, officials of the commission agreed to ask the Economy Ministry to send a notification to the European Commission (EC), Saeima press-service reports.

The Energy Drinks Circulation Law was developed in accordance with the Social Health guidelines of 2011-2017. This bill is necessary to regulate the distribution and advertising of energy drinks. This includes banning the sale of energy drinks to individuals under the age of 18.

It is stated in the bill that energy drinks will be forbidden to be sold to individuals under the age of 18. It will be the responsibility of the retail trader to request buyers to present IDs in order to prove their age. It will be the responsibility of the buyer to prove his or her identity and age by presenting an ID to the retail trader or supervisory institution.

The bill also provides for banning the sale of energy drinks at educational institutions, as well as offer energy drinks free of charge to under-aged individuals as a gift or compensation.

Based on the regulations of the bill, energy drinks are to be put on separate shelves from other food products, making them easily identifiable. Also, shops are to put up signs warning signs about high concentration of caffeine, and that energy drinks are not recommended for pregnant women.

The bill also provides the adding of additional information to advertisements: warning about the negative effect of consuming excessive amounts of energy drinks.

It is planned that the State Revenue Service (SRS) will be providing monitoring of the following of the Energy Drinks Circulation Law. The SRS will likely carry out monitoring in accordance with its competency.

The date for the second reading will be decided by the commission on September 1.

It is planned that the law will become in force on January 1, 2014.


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