For some time now, experts have been warning consumers about the possible ill effects of energy drinks. Now, a plan from Health Canada to place warning labels on the beverages appears to be stalled.
In March 2010, Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the initiative would be announced by the end of the month. However, March came and went, and no new regulations appeared, despite a documented 59 adverse reports regarding the drinks, the Vancouver Sun reports.
"It's disappointing that they haven't moved on this, so the question becomes why is Health Canada stalled on its movement going forward. They had a clear plan in place, they get a lot of pushback (from the industry association) and then nothing happens," said Dr. Paul Hebert, editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, according to the source.
"Caffeine-loaded energy drinks have now crossed the line from beverages to drugs delivered as tasty syrups," an editorial by Hebert read.
Furthermore, according to MedicineNet, these drinks can lead to higher blood pressure, with abuse potentially leading to "insomnia, tremors, nausea, vomiting, chest pains and palpitations."