Complaining about the increased caffeine content in the energy drinks available in the market, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), which is the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), demanded action by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Monday.
In humans, caffeine acts as a stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. However, if consumed in large amounts, and especially over extended periods of time, caffeine can lead to a condition known as caffeinism.
Caffeinism usually combines caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, anxiety, insomnia and heart palpitations, say experts.
The permissible usage of caffeine in energy drinks is 145 parts per million. However, according to a study done by the Centre for Science and Environment, which is a research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi, high levels of caffeine were found in 44% of the energy drink samples.
Based on this report, the BJYM volunteers sought for stricter action against energy drink manufacturers.“Energy drinks are mostly consumed by the youth in call centres and gymnasiums as sports drinks. The consumption of such drinks is hazardous for the youth,” said Ameet Satam, president, BJYM.
The FDA, which is the nodal that keeps a check on the quality of the food products, said they were aware of the issue
and are taking actions against it. “In the past one year, we seized energy drinks approximately worth Rs12- 13 crore,” said Kamlesh Sankhe, food supervisor, FDA.
“Volunteers gave us a presentation about it. We are already taking steps for it but we will now take stricter actions as compared to earlier occasions,” said GH Rathod, Joint Commissioner, (Food), FDA.