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Standards for Energy drinks - new regulations 2010

1. June 2010

The Standardization Organization for the G.C.C. is the responsible authority for preparing and introducing industry standards as for example for Food & Agricultural products. The latest standards & specifications are done by Saudi Arabia after taking into consideration the relevant Arab, foreign as well as international agreements and benchmark .
Energy drinks as here described are considered as gas drink or non gas drinks primarily produced by natural water, natural carbohydrate, caffeine, and some other elements such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and food additives permitted along with juices or fruit pulp and natural plant extract.

UAE.S/GSO 1926 :2009
ESMA 2009
GSO 1926/2009

Standardization Organization for G.C.C. is a regional organization consisting of the national organization for specifications & standards in the GCC; one of the committee objectives is to prepare the standards through specialized technical committees.
The Standardization organization for GCC has prepared, through the program of The Technical Committee N0. (5) “Food & Agricultural products sector”, these standards & specifications done by Saudi Arabia , and this project has been prepared after taking into consideration the Arab, foreign as well as international and relevant agreements and benchmark .
This standardization was set as a GCC technical listing in the Board of Directors Meeting No. 10, held on 24/5/2009

Gulf standards
Requirements of handling energy drinks
1 - Scope and field of application
1 / 1 this standard associated with the general requirements that should be met by non-alcoholic energy drinks and exclude the athlete’s drinks.
2 – Supplement References:
2/1 GSO 1 Labeling of prepackaged Foods
2/2 GSO 21 hygiene Guidelines in food factories and their employees
2/3 GSO 11 Non Alcoholic Carbonated beverage - initial assessment & determination of total acidity and sodium carbonate contents.
2/4 GSO 12 Non Alcoholic carbonated beverages- determination of Carbon dioxide content.
2/5 GSO 13 Non Alcoholic carbonated beverages- determination of Sulfur dioxide content
2/6 GSO 14 Non Alcoholic carbonated beverages- determination of phosphoric acid content
2/7 GSO 20 Determination methods of mineral components of contaminated food.
2/8 GSO 654 General requirements for food packed with Special nutritional Uses
2/9 GSO 1793 Aluminum round cans with two plots used in the mobilization of food (soft drinks and juices)
2/10 GSO CAC- GL1 General Guidelines on food claims

Energy Drinks:
Gas drink or non gas drinks primarily produced by natural water, Natural carbohydrate, caffeine, and some other elements such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and food additives permitted along with juices or fruit pulp and natural Plant Extract
4 – General Guidelines
4/1 manufacturing components should be in conformity with the GCC standards.
4/2 Such products cannot be produce or import before being registered at the health authorities.
4/3 energy drink should be free of banned drugs and hormones.
4/4 In case of energy drink gas volume invasive according to good production practices.
4/5 any additives should be authorized and in conformity with the health decisions and in line with the Gulf standard specifications in this regard.
4/6 additives ratio permitted food should be according to applied Gulf standards .
4/7 limitations of the following additives per 100 ml should not exceed the following:
Caffeine 32 mg
Anistol 20 mg
Gloconolacotine 240 mg
Taurine 400 mg
4/7 to be free of eccentric residue , mold odors and fermentation also from bug parts and secretion, glass and any other contamination.
4/8 to be free of Microbiological risk.
4/9 total numbers of bacteria per 100 cell bacteria/1ml to not exceed when using standard counting method in dishes after incubation for 24 hours at 37 ° C
4/10 potential Colon microbe to not exceed 1/100 ml when using the counting method (M.B.N)
4/11 Number of Fungi and yeasts to not exceed 2 cells/ml
4/11 Mineral elements to not exceed the following :
Arsenic 0.1 ppm
Lead 0.2 ppm
Copper 2.0 ppm
Zinc 2.0 ppm
Iron 0.5 ppm
Tin 250 ppm
6 - Explanatory statements:
Without changes to the provisions of the Gulf standard specification contained in clause 2/1, item 2/10, it must be adhered to by writing on the packaging with a clear and prominent statements warning the following: - should not be taken by pregnant women, nursing mothers and children less than sixteen years, people who are allergic to caffeine, and those suffering from heart problems and athletes during exercise. –
6/1 must comply with stated rules register health products in:
- Product to be traded only after taking the license from the concerned authority.
- Writing the registration number of the relevant health authority after approval.
- Write the complete information on the product’s content and the risks of misuse, if any.
- Mention the safe quantityt on health permitted per day.