Diet and Healthy Weight Consultations

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30 May 2023.

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Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

I agree that we must have clear labelling. A code of practice ensures that that level of labelling on energy drinks is provided. Energy drinks are defined as ones that contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre. It is important that that signage is very clear on those drinks.

It is also important to point out that, in primary schools, energy drinks are not allowed to be provided in the school estate, and that, in secondary schools, as part of the curriculum for excellence, pupils are taught about energy drinks and that they are only given them at a time that allows them to be recognised almost as a treat. That is certainly the way that I grew up. Normally, I would drink water. Energy drinks should be seen as a treat.

We are acting in a number of ways. A key aspect is ensuring that the right information is on the cans.