Your recent article ("Energy drinks risky," Oct. 12) contained several inaccuracies. While energy drinks do contain caffeine, they generally contain equal to or less than the amount found in coffee when compared on a per-ounce basis. Nonetheless, caffeine is one of the most thoroughly tested ingredients in the food supply today. In fact, more than 140 countries have specifically considered the safety of caffeine and allow its use in beverages.
Further, in accordance with Food and Drug Administration regulations, beverage companies list caffeine in the ingredients list when it is added to a product. And, while there is no requirement to list the precise amount of caffeine present, many companies also are listing caffeine content on the product labels. Additionally, American Beverage Association member companies have provided caffeine content through their corporate 1-800 numbers and Web sites for several years. We encourage consumers to read product labels and reach out to our companies if they have any questions regarding the ingredients of their favorite beverage.
Like most foods and beverages, the key to healthful consumption is variety and moderation.
Senior vice president
American Beverage Association