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Energy drink ban.

Energy drink ban.

Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16.

The supermarket said customers buying drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove their age from 5 March.

It follows concerns over the impact of sugar and caffeine on children.

The British Soft Drinks Association said energy drinks had been "deemed safe" by regulators but that they were not marketed or promoted to under-16s.

UK youngsters are among the highest consumers of energy drinks in Europe, according to researchers from Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, who in December urged the government to restrict their sale to under-16s.

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