Editor’s Note: Canada has banned a caffeinated soft drink Irn–Bru touted as an “energy” drink, owing to its illegal & harmful ingredients. Health experts warn that although energy drinks are not necessarily bad if taken occasionally, their claims of improved performance can be misleading. Contrary to the fashion among the youths, energy drinks should not be used while exercising as the combination of fluid loss from sweating and the diuretic quality of the caffeine can make you severely dehydrated. Nor it should be combined with alcoholic drinks which may even prove fatal. Costly and harmful soft & “energy” drinks are becoming fashion statements even in the developing countries. Looks like profit obsessed multinationals and arms merchants control the regimes & human behavior all over the world.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited by Divas
The British food shop in Canada has been ordered to stop selling Marmite, Ovaltine and Irn-Bru because they contain illegal additives.
Irn-Bru contains the food colouring Ponceau 4R. It is not permitted in foods for sale in Canada,according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
The agency said the shop had come to the inspectors’ attention when a shipment was rejected at customs in Montreal because it contained meat.
The coloring has been linked to hyperactivity. In addition, the “drinks and a yeast-based spread” found in the Brit Foods shipment and subsequently on the shelves in the shops were not approved for sale in Canada.
But the agency did not list specific brand names. It said the spread was banned because it contained added vitamins “not permitted to be added to spreads” under Canadian food regulations.
Tony Badger, who owns a chain called Brit Foods, told local media that food safety officials blocked a large import shipment of the popular products. “We’ve been bringing Irn-Bru in since the very beginning,” said Tony Badger.
Food safety officials confirmed some items were barred for sale but said only meat was removed from the store.
The bright orange caffeinated drink is particularly popular in Scotland, but sold in countries around the world. “We were importing legally. We’ve been declaring it through a customs broker and we never had an issue until now,” said Badger.
Canada does not allow import of beef products from the UK. The CFIA said that during a follow-up visit to Brit Foods the meat was “placed under detention because of improper documentation.
But the agency also confirmed that the drinks and spread found at Brit Foods shops, while in violation of Canada’s food safety laws, were not a health risk and were not removed from the store shelves.
“These are technical violations of the regulations,” “There is no food safety risk associated with these products.” the agency said in a statement.
Badger said he first ran into trouble in October when his Christmas stock was seized as it was imported from Britain. He is worried he will no longer be able to import the popular items.
But the agency was now conducting a health assessment on the foods to determine whether they were fit for sale, aacording to Badger. “I haven’t heard of anyone dying from consuming Irn-Bru in Scotland or Britain,” he claimed.
One customer, Briton Nigel Westwick claimed that for a country that allows one to buy firearms, guns, bullets and literally everything, stopping a soft drink suitable for all ages seemed a little ludicrous.
The CFIA says that it has initiated an investigation and would take appropriate action.