Those loyal readers in California may soon be the first to see mandatory warning labels on energy drinks because of the high amounts of caffeine. Proposition 65 passed in California requires labels to be placed where there is harmful substances and caffeine is considered a harmful substance…In all fairness caffeine can be dangerous to pregnant women as caffeine does thin your blood out and that could spell potential issues however give n the fact that it would still require a good amount of voluntary caffeine intake to cause real damage a label is really quite unnecessary. Especially since this potential label fiasco does not apply to coffee or tea, why not you ask? According to Prop 65 labels need only be placed were artificial chemicals are added and in coffees and teas the caffeine occurs naturally, supposedly because natural caffeine must be safer than man made caffeine, duh.
Why the big deal in making a simple label. It’s not a big deal, it’s the principle. Most big energy drink companies voluntarily put some kind of warning on their cans because frankly, it makes them seem more powerful and the more power, the better. To force them to do so would be unconstitutional, it discriminates against the energy drink companies and even the soft drink companies because the same rules do not apply to the Folgers and the Liptons out there. What are we without our constitution, North Korea? Or even dare I say, Canada?
I can see where this is going in the big picture kind of way. Maybe artificially created animals, which have recently been approved by the FDA for consumption, will not have the same rules applied to them as “real” animals and maybe eventually cloned people should be held to a different standard. Perhaps this idea is a bit extreme but we have to look at the potential big picture, maybe Asimov should have written, I Energy.
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