Australia's soft drink association (ASDA) has accused the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) of being "overly restrictive" in its proposal to rename energy drinks.

In response to ANZFA's proposal to name the energy drinks category "Formulated Caffeinated Beverages" ASDA has argued that the use of "Energy Drinks" is the most appropriate name for the category and said: "Our consumers know these products as energy drinks and any new name would only create confusion."

It has been reported that ANZFA is against any exemption from Nutrition Information Panels, or NIPs in food products other than bottled water and very small packages.

And the soft drink association has accused ANZFA of being "somewhat hypocritical" in its proposal to restrict NIPs and said: "it is obviously aimed at restricting any nutritional claims by energy drinks producers."