The Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FSDA) here has declared the popular energy drink Red Bull ‘unsafe for consumption’ after a sample revealed higher than permitted levels of caffeine.

An FSDA team collected a sample of the drink from the Best Price store, owned by Walmart India, and tests showed that it contained more than the permissible quantity of caffeine.

Consequent on the test result, the FSDA has seized the entire stock of 1,572 Red Bull cans from the store.
J P Singh, Chief Food Officer, said the laboratory at Lucknow which had tested the sample said it was ‘misbranded and misleading’ The company had challenged the report, and the sample was subsequently sent to the referral laboratory in Kolkata. There, it had been found that apart from being misbranded and mislabeled, the product was also ‘unsafe’ because of the high level of caffeine.

Under the rules, 145 parts per million (ppm) of caffeine is permitted in carbonated beverages, but ‘energy’ drink manufacturers have a cap of 320 ppm. The lab test of Red Bull samples were found to contain 382 ppm caffeine.

The FSDA plans to intensify the drive and seize the entire stock of Red Bull stock available in Meerut district.

Meanwhile, the company, in an official statement, said, “Red Bull energy drink is in compliance with all local food safety regulation standards. It is available in more than 166 countries and fully complies with regulations from the authorities in India and wherever it is on sale.”


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