The house of Representatives ha directed its Joint Committee on Health/Commerce to investigate the importation and distribution of the drinks, following a motion sponsored by a member, Mr. Yacoob Bush-Alebiosu.
He expressed concern that the drinks were first choice beverages among young people, especially on campuses, bars, clubs and social functions across the country.
Bush-Alebiosu added that many brands of the drinks had flooded the country, as consumers were also mixing them with alcoholic drinks.
Bush-Alebiosu had said the consumption of the drinks had “life-threatening effects on blood pressure, heart and brain function.”
According to him, research conducted by the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adeliade Hospital and Adeliade University in Southern Australia revealss a link between students consuming a particular brand of energy drink and the unstable state of their hearts.
The lawmaker listed Germany, Norway, France and Denmark among some of the countries that had banned the sale of the drinks in their jurisdiction “as a result of health risks caused by the consumption of energy drinks, including reported cases of deaths.”