Under 16s ‘will be banned from buying energy drinks in new crackdown’

Under 16s are going to be banned from buying energy drinks in a new crackdown, according to reports.

The Health Secretary has reportedly said he has decided to put an age limit on products such as Monster, Red Bull and Lucozade.

This comes after a Department of Health consultation on how energy drinks are damaging the health of youngsters.

In a letter leaked to the Sun, Matt Hancock reportedly said: "Following a high level of interest in the consultation, we plan on announcing that we will be ending the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16."

He reportedly said he is "taking a precautionary approach to mitigate the potential negative effects associated with their excessive consumption by children".

The letter also said the move is likely to provoke a fight with the Treasury because of the effect it will have on retailers, according to reports.

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