As per the National Drugs Authority (NDA) data, they revealed to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Industries, and Tourism that four energy drinks on the market contain alcoholic-content.
According to the team of NDA, the product found to be having alcoholic content; Kituzi (1.1%), Power Bank(4.4%), Sabarara extra(10.3%) and Entare Sana(6%).
Furthermore, the drugs regulator disclosed on Wednesday, as its officials and those from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) occurred before the Parliamentary Committee on Trade to present the samples of carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks tested show caffeine levels and presence of sexual potency-enhancing ingredients.
After the findings, the committee chairperson ‘Mwiine Mpaka’ directed UNBS that UNBS should take responsibility in order to regulate the manufacture and distribution of Kombucha and energy drinks that carry alcohol content.
Then, he gave UNBS a strict time of seven days to withdraw the specific marks on all the energy drinks and Kombuchas that have violated the standard.
However, the rest of the 23 other drinks tested complied with the functional caffeine limit of 320mg/kg in the carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks standard, and Nda highlighted this too.
However, in the findings, no product was found to be adulterated with inhibitors known to treat erectile dysfunction.
However, it was found out that some products like Mukama Nayamba, Power play, Sabarara extra, Akaboozi, Kabody coffee contained properties that enhance sexual potency and improve appetite.
Mainly, energy drinks are made with, A beverage that typically contains large amounts of caffeine, added sugars, other additives, and legal stimulants such as guarana, taurine, and L-carnitine.
And the main ingredients of energy drinks/power drinks are caffeine, taurine, glucuronolactone, B vitamins, guarana, ginseng, ginkgo Biloba, l-carnitine, sugars, antioxidants, and trace minerals.
Energy drinks are prohibited for children, especially those who are below 12. The bottom line is that children and adolescents should never consume energy drinks