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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted a scientific opinion (summary also available) on two ingredients commonly used in so-called energy drinks. Following a request from the European Commission, EFSA’s Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) concluded that exposure to taurine and d-glucuronolactone through regular consumption of energy drinks was not of safety concern.

Taurine and d-glucuronolactone occur as natural ingredients in food, and are normal human metabolites. They are also usually used at much higher levels and in combination with different ingredients in energy drinks. The new data confirmed a No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) of 1,000mg per kilogram of bodyweight per day for both substances.  Read the press release here.


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