Only 9 energy drinks brands are permitted to be sold in Uganda. This information was revealed by Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Minister, Ms Amelia Kyambadde as she provided a list of certified energy drinks brands being sold in Uganda, to Parliament.
Ms Kyambadde provided the list in a statement on the dangers of energy drinks, following a 20 August directive by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, after Kasambya County MP, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa raised a matter of national importance saying; there are several energy drink brand on the market which could cause health risks to people due to limited regulation of the energy drinks market.
The list of the nine certified energy drinks brands include; Power Play, Rock Boom, Riham X Energy, Sting Gold Rush, Sting Red Rush, Kirungi Kazi Booster, Canaan Bulls Energy Drink, Thunder Caffeinated Carbonated Energy Drink and Yaket Energy drink.
Energy drinks are soft drinks containing high percentages of sugar, caffeine or another stimulant, typically consumed during or after a sporting activity or to overcome fatigue from other physical activities.
Mbwatekamwa raised a point of national importance saying that there are over 50 brands of energy drink brand on the market and asked government to provide a list of certified energy drinks and their contents. He also wanted government to order manufacturers of energy drinks to tell their consumers about the dangers of their consumption.
Kyambadde said that her ministry in conjunction with UNBS will sensitise the public on the proper use of the energy drinks. She also said that government plans to close factories that manufacture uncertified energy drinks.
She, however, did not reveal the targeted companies or when the crackdown will start.