Energy shots dodge Canada’s recent recall despite more caffeine. Here’s why – GLOBAL

August 24, 2023

A sweeping recall of energy drinks over the past few months has seen many brands pulled off the shelves across Canada due to high caffeine content and mislabelling. But some beverages with even higher caffeine amounts are still available, puzzling health experts.

Energy shots, exemplified by the popular brand 5-hour Energy, are tiny bottles that offer a quick fix of caffeine. Despite sharing similar ingredients, energy shots are allowed higher caffeine levels than standard energy drinks, which must have less than 180 milligrams of caffeine per serving to be sold in Canada.

Energy shots, in contrast, may contain up to 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving.

And the difference comes down to the fact energy shots are regulated as natural health products in Canada, while energy drinks are categorized as supplemented food products, according to Health Canada.

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