The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a green light for the use of taurine and d-glucuronolactone in energy drinks after a probe focusing on safety concerns over the additives.

The authority's Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food concluded earlier this week that new data on the two chemicals has been "sufficient to remove outstanding concerns".

These concerns had been raised by the EFSA's predecessor - the European Union's scientific committee on food - in 2003, when it warned of possible harmful effects of taurine on the brain and d-glucuronolactone on the kidneys.

"Looking at the available consumption figures and taking into account new toxicological data, the panel considered that [the safety concerns] have been resolved," an EFSA spokesman said.

The new panel has suggested, however, that a check be made on the current levels of energy drinks consumption, in case it is much higher than in 2003, maybe leading to a revised future opinion, especially for adolescents and young adults.

The full decision can be viewed here.