Q: Are there any restrictions on how much caffeine is allowed in energy drinks?
David, via email
A: HFG senior nutritionist Rose Carr replies
“The addition of caffeine is regulated in the Food Code administered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Only soda-type drinks and energy drinks – or ‘formulated caffeine beverages’ as they are called in the code – are allowed to add caffeine. Soda-type drinks can contain up to 36.25mg caffeine per 250ml and energy drinks can contain up to 82.5mg per 250ml. That’s just over the amount of caffeine in a cup of instant coffee (60–80mg per 250ml)”.