The Weight Coalition proposed concrete actions to limit health impacts of soft and energy drink consumption during its appearance before the Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons, such as:
Strict regulation of packaging and products, notably their caffeine and calorie levels, as well as their health claims and logos to avoid misleading consumers.
Ban the sale of soft and energy drinks in buildings under federal jurisdiction.
Regulate marketing directed at children, as it is already done in Quebec, and clearly indicate Canada’s intentions on this issue during the upcoming United Nations Summit next September in New York.
Implement a tax on soft and energy drinks, of which the revenues would be reinvested in health prevention (an excise tax where each portion of one cent per litre would generate revenues of $36 million for Canada).
You can listen to the procedures of the Standing Committee on Health from February 3rd, including the Weight Coalition's presentation by clicking here.
Download the brief entitled "Ensuring stronger regulation of marketing
for soft and energy drinks" presented:
Download the summary of our recommendations: