Sunday HeraldNo new brew for Irn-Bru
FEARS THAT the maker of Irn-Bru would have to change its flagship drink's recipe have receded after an influential report dismissed a possible link between some ingredients and hyperactivity.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had examined the use of additives in soft drinks after a University of Southampton report published last year suggested a possible link between combinations of food colouring and the preservative sodium benzoate and hyperactivity in some children.
In December, AG Barr's head of marketing, Adrian Troy, told the Sunday Herald that the company would be prepared to make changes if they were demanded. There would have been similar pressure on soft drinks manufacturers across the industry had the EFSA found against them and banned the additives
But the EFSA has concluded: "In the context of the overall weight of evidence and in view of the considerable uncertainties, such as the lack of consistency and relative weakness of the effect and the absence of information on the clinical significance of the behavioral changes observed, the Panel concludes that the findings of the study cannot be used as a basis for altering the ADI of the respective food colours or sodium benzoate.
AG Barr, which is expected to release its latest financial results this week, said: "We are in agreement with the British Soft Drinks Association's response, which welcomes the report and the EFSA's conclusion that no changes are needed in the use of the ingredients examined in the Southampton university study."