Canadians warned off Chaotic Beverages over possible health risks

By Rory Harrington

- Last updated on GMT

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Health Canada has told consumers not to drink four “unauthorised” drinks made by Chaotic Beverages on fears they contain ingredients that could pose a health hazard to children.

The agency issued the warning about the Mind Strike, Fearocity, Elixir of Tenacity and Power Pulse brands made by the company because “they are unauthorised products marketed to a vulnerable population (children) with ingredients that may pose a health risk”.

Following the alert issued by the safety watchdog, Canadian importer U&ME Marketing initiated a nationwide recall of the four Chaotic Beverages brands. All the beverages are tied to a trading card game, animated television series and web site.

Ingredient concerns

“Canadians should not consume these unapproved products, as they have not been assessed for safety, quality and efficacy by Health Canada”,​ said a statement from the body.

Officials gave a details of ingredients listed on the drink labels that they believed may pose a potential hazard to children.

A Health Canada statement said Mind Strike contained “an unknown amount of caffeine despite advertising that it is not an energy drink and contains several herbs which are not included in Health Canada's list of botanicals with a history of safe use in children”.

Consumers were cautioned against the beverage Fearocity as it “contains an unknown amount of caffeine, several herbs not included in Health Canada's list of botanicals with a history of safe use in children, taurine at an unacceptable level for children, and niacin at a level three times higher than that recommended for children aged 1 to 13 years”.

The agency’s concern over Elixir of Tenacity centred on the inclusion of “green tea extract, which is not included in Health Canada's list of botanicals with a history of safe use in children, and vitamin A at a level unacceptable for children aged 1 to 8 years”.

Power Pulse contains “chromium picolinate at levels of possible concern in a product taken by children”​ said Health Canada.

Serious health risks remote

The agency qualified its concern by adding: “These products have the potential to cause temporary adverse events in children although the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Parents should not provide these products to their children.”

Health Canada said it had not received any adverse reaction reports related to the four drinks.

FoodProductionDaily.com was unable to contact Chaotic Beverage prior to publication

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