Ban on energy drink proposed by alderman

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A Chicago alderman is proposing a ban on energy drinks with high amounts of caffeine, like Red Bull.

Finance committee chairman Ed Burke says he’s seen the studies and they don’t look good for the people who drink them.

“These energy drinks, if they’re consumed in large amounts, especially by kids, can have serious health implications,” he said.

The alderman’s plan defines an energy drink as a canned or bottled beverage containing at least 180 milligrams of caffeine, plus either taurine or guarana. People found selling large cans of Red Bull or other energy drinks would face fines of $100 to $500 and revocation of their business licenses under the ordinance.

Smaller cans with less caffeine would be allowed under the proposal, which goes to the City Council Health Committee. 

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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