Health Canada has corrected inaccuracies over the sale of energy drinks in liquor stores

Health Canada has corrected inaccuracies over the sale of energy drinks in liquor stores

Health Canada has dismissed reports that it approved the sale of pre-mixed alcoholic energy drinks.

The Canadian government department said on Friday (21 May) that it wanted to correct inaccuracies reported regarding the approval of the sale of energy drinks in liquor stores.

Canwest News Service reported last week that, despite previous warnings about consuming alcohol mixed with energy drinks, Health Canada had approved the sale of alcohol energy drinks at liquor stores.

However, Health Canada said in a statement last week: "In Canada, energy drinks are regulated as natural health products and are approved for specific purposes. Simply taking an approved energy drink, such as you would find in convenience and grocery stores, adding alcohol and offering it for sale is not allowed.

“An energy drink containing alcohol would be subject to different regulations under the Food and Drugs Act, and would be evaluated differently - as a food, and not as a natural health product,” it added.

Health Canada said it will be following up with liquor boards and other relevant bodies to ensure that the regulations and their implications for energy drinks containing alcohol are appropriately understood.

In March, Health Canada authorised broader use of caffeine, from cola-type beverages to all carbonated soft drinks.