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Boots bans sale of energy drinks to under 16s

The pharmacy chain will no longer sell energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre to children under 16.

File photo of energy drinks
File photo of energy drinks
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BOOTS WILL NO longer sell high-caffeine energy drinks to people under the age of 16.

The pharmacy chain is following in the footsteps of other retailers, such as Aldi, by banning the sale of energy drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre to children under 16.

The labels on all high-caffeine energy drinks are supposed to state they are not suitable for children, in line with industry guidelines.

A spokesperson said Boots reached the decision due to the “growing public concern about young people consuming these high-sugar, highly caffeinated drinks”.

“We are doing the right thing in our stores in Ireland to help further restrict their access,” they added.

The new rule is in immediate effect.

Read: Aldi banning sale of energy drinks to under 16s

Read: Selling energy drinks to children: No plans from other retailers to copy Aldi’s ban

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