November 8, 2023
SALE OF RECALLED GFUEL ENERGY DRINKS WITH OVER 180 MG CAFFEINEENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTION FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION VARIETY STORES
This report confirms the follow-up inspection actions made after a request from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in repose to a complaint they had received of GFUEL caffeinated energy drinks being offered for sale at K&A Variety on October 24, 2023. This product is in excess of 180 mg of caffeine allowed by the CFIA for a single-serving.
My office verbally contacted K&A Variety on October 24, 2023 to advise of the complaint. K&A Variety followed up with product identification and removal from sale. Inspections were conducted at all food premises in Fort William First Nation on October 25, 2023 for the sale and verification of removal of energy drinks in excess of 180 mg of caffeine.
Mountain View Variety was the only other food premise offering GFUEL for sale – in addition to several other brands that exceeded CFIA caffeine limits. I was informed the Manager of Mountain View will be advised, and the products will be removed. It was also confirmed that K&A Variety had removed these products from sale.
CFIA have stated that people can verify “caffeinated energy drinks and mixes that do not meet Canada’s food safety standards by checking:
- Caffeine level. The maximum allowed in Canada is 180 mg in a single-serving.
- Unilingual label. If the label is only in one language, or has no English or French on it, it means the product has not been produced for the Canadian market.
- Required cautionary statements. These help consumers make informed decisions.”
If you have any questions regarding this inspection report, questions of concerns, please contact me at: (mobile) 807-621-7337, (fax) 807-343-9196, [email protected]