Kids will be banned from buying these treats in supermarkets very soon

24 January 2018, 10:18

Kid supermarket

Some parents might find this new rule for supermarkets rather controversial.

Both Aldi and Asda have announced plans to ban under 16s from buying caffeinated energy drinks in its stores.

The drinks, including Red Bull, Relentless and Monster Energy are popular among early teens, and are bought by youngsters who might not be fully aware of the effects they have on their bodies.

For example, a single 500ml can contains a huge 160mg of caffeine, which is the equivalent of two shots of espresso. Youths will now be asked to show ID for purchases containing more then 150mg of caffeine per litre.

Monster energy drink

Soft drinks companies with that amount of caffeine already have to label their drinks with a warning stating that it isn't suitable for children, but Asda and ALDI have said that this move isn't enough.

The rule will come into force at Aldi and Asda stores across the UK and Ireland from March 1.

Waitrose already have this rule in place, and were the first supermarket to do so.