Caffeine intake regulation under review

Energy drink sales in Australia and New Zealand increased from 34.5 million litres in 2001 to 155.6 million litres in 2010, according to an options paper from the Food Regulation Standing Committee.

Coffee consumption is also increasing, with the number of Australian coffee shops and cafes rising by almost 50% to more than 6000 in the decade up to 2012.

Caffeine is thought to be increasingly present in the diet in foods containing natural caffeine such as guarana,