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‘Very hot’ drinks probably cause cancer, coffee redeemed – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 16th, 2016.

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency has found no conclusive evidence that coffee causes cancer but that drinking very hot drinks (65 °C or above) probably causes cancer of the oesophagus. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said the finding suggests that it is the temperature of drinks rather than the drinks themselves […]

NZFSA: Energy shots not for children and pregnant women

Peter Griffin posted in on June 2nd, 2010.

A scientific literature review undertaken by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority has found that energy shots and energy drinks which contain high levels of caffeine are not suitable for children, young adolescents, pregnant women and people sensitive to caffeine. The finding reaffirms the NZFSA’s existing advisory on caffeine, which when consumed in high doses […]

Are ultra-high caffeine drinks bad for children?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 22nd, 2009.

Controversy has met release onto the market of several brands of ultra-high caffeine ‘energy shot’ drinks. The shots contain as much and in some cases more than 3,300 mg (milligrams) caffeine per litre, despite the mandated maximum level allowed being 320 mg per litre. Reclassifying the drinks as ‘dietary supplements’, however, has meant that they […]

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