Prime Energy drinks pulled from Canadian shelves — but how did they even get here? – CBC

Cans with 200 mg of caffeine violate Health Canada regulations

Jul 12, 2023

The recall of a highly caffeinated energy drink is raising questions about how the cans of Prime Energy that violated Canada’s health regulations got onto store shelves in the first place.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said Tuesday it is recalling cans of Prime Energy that contain 200 milligrams of caffeine after CBC News reported they were being sold in stores in at least three provinces.

Health Canada’s limit for such drinks is 180 milligrams of caffeine. Other brands of energy drinks are also part of the recall.

One food law expert says, most often, items that violate Canada’s health regulations were exported by foreign manufacturers who don’t know the rules.

“[They might be] unaware of the limits of caffeine or is unaware that certain food additives are not harmonized,” between Canada and the U.S., for example, said Glenford Jameson, a lawyer and partner at G.S. Jameson & Co. in Toronto.

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