Two days after issuing a sweeping warning to the importers and retailers of caffeinated energy drinks, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued another notice of recall for an energy drink found to contain non-permitted ingredients.
The August 17 recall of MindBlow energy drink’s original and pink lemonade flavours was because the products were found to contain Mucuna Prurient Extract (98% L-Dopa), which is available only through prescription because of many serious health risks. The government’s recall notice includes warnings that L-Dopa/levodopa should not be used by women who are pregnant, and should not be used by people with a variety of ailments such as narrow angle glaucoma or melanoma.
Two days earlier, CFIA published a notice to importers and retailers about their responsibility to ensure caffeinated energy drinks do not contain more than 180 mg of caffeine in any single serving container, and that they must carry required safety warnings and bilingual information. The notice said CFIA was conducting inspection activities, and when non-compliance is found, responses could include product seizure and license detention.
It also reminded the industry that Safe Food for Canadians Regulations license holders “will continue to be responsible for notifying the CFIA if their food presents a risk of injury to human health.”
The notice also referenced recent product recalls. In early June, G Fuel energy drinks were recalled due to high levels of caffeine, and missing cautionary statements to limit the number of servings per day. Earlier in August another recall warning identified 15 products – including industry leaders such as Monster and 5-Hour Energy – for “various non-compliances related to caffeine content and labelling requirements.”
CFIA recall notices warn consumers not to use the recalled products, which should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.