(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.
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