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Thursday
Sep222011

Canadian Health Experts Take Aim at Energy Drinks

John Nordell/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- Energy drinks have been around for years. But as the market for these drinks grew, so did concerns about their safety.

Now a panel of experts assembled by Health Canada are calling for stricter control of Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and a host of other so-called energy drinks.
 
These high-caffeinated drinks are classified as natural health products. But the panel says they are not foods. They are drug products and should only be sold on drugstore shelves under the supervision of a pharmacist, experts claim.

In fact, the specialists say "energy" drink is a misnomer. They suggest the products be renamed "stimulant drug containing drinks."
 
The panel also wants Canada to take the lead internationally by requiring warning labels on the cans about series adverse effects of the drinks.
 
In a report obtained by Postmedia News, the panel stressed that the health risks associated with these beverages outweigh their benefits.
 
The report was actually presented to the Canadian government almost a year ago. But details are only now becoming public as the government debates adopting tighter controls on the beverages.
 
Both the beverage industry and energy drink makers reject the panel's research and recommendations.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep212011

Health Canada Panel Takes Aim at Energy Drinks

PRNewsFoto/Red Bull GmbH(OTTAWA, Ontario) --  An expert panel for Health Canada has targeted energy drinks in a report saying that drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster should actually be renamed “stimulant drug containing drinks” and should only be sold under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.

According to Postmedia News the panel’s report makes the argument that these energy drinks should be under stricter control, especially when taking into consideration the ease with which young people can purchase the caffeinated beverages.

The panel aims to make give a clear signal to the general public that these drinks are in fact “drug products,” and not “foods.”

The panel’s recommendations were presented to the government almost a year ago, but have been running into opposition from the beverage industry. If these recommendations were be enacted, this would set an international precedent for energy drink regulation, something that the Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, would be expected to defend on the world stage.

The panel proposes that energy drinks be classified under the National Association of Pharmay Regulatory Authorities as a “Schedule III.” This label is attributed to drugs without prescription, but that are sold on pharmacy shelves and purchased under “direct supervision of the pharmacist.” The panel urges that energy drinks be distributed as drugs are, but in a beverage format.

In addition to the change in distribution protocol and naming specifics, the panel also suggests that the drinks carry labels stating that serious adverse effects, including death, can occur.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct082010

FDA Receives Complaints About Brazilian Blowout Product

Photo Caption -- ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday it has received complaints that Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening products have caused “eye irritation, breathing problems and headaches.”

“From our understanding of how this type of hair straightening product is used, there appears to be the possibility for formaldehyde to be released into the air after the product has been applied to the hair and heated,” the FDA reports.

Health Canada, the FDA’s apparently more competent cousin to the north, Thursday asked salons to stop using the products.

“Testing conducted by Health Canada found that the Brazilian Blowout Solution contains 12% formaldehyde,” the agency reported.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, The Oregon Health and Science University issued a public health alert about the product, in which it said two formulations of the product contained 4.85 percent to 10.6 percent formaldehyde.  If a hair treatment solution contains more than 0.1 percent formaldehyde, the manufacturer is required to alert the stylist.  Additional laboratory analysis also detected four additional chemicals in each sample that were not quantified in the lab, including methanol and ethanol.

Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in air and some foods and products.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says low levels of exposure can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat.  High levels of exposure may cause some kinds of cancers, the CDC says.

The makers of Brazilian Blowout defended their product, saying they were conducting their own investigation. Because OSHA did not request samples directly from the company, Brazilian Blowout is questioning the results.

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