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  Proposed Chicago Ordinance Would Outlaw Energy Drinks
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News DateFriday, January 18, 2013 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionCHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Ald. Ed Burke has proposed a citywide ban of so-called energy drinks, citing potential health risks with the highly caffeinated beverages.

The powerful City Council veteran’s plan, filed Thursday with the city clerk, would create fines starting at $100 for anyone who sells or distributes energy drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar, Full Throttle, Monster and 5-Hour Energy.

“Researchers found that these energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and warned of dangerous, even life threatening, effects on blood pressure, heart rate and brain function,” language in the proposed ordinance says.

In an interview with CBS 2′s Brad Edwards, Burke said Chicago would become the first city in the nation to ban energy drinks. He dismissed any criticisms that the ordinance would be overreaching.
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