Supermarket giants Aldi and Asda have announced that they are planning on banning the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under 16s.

From the beginning of March customers will be asked to show ID if they want to buy a can of the controversial drinks.

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Earlier this month Waitrose changed their age restrictions on the products in response to growing health concerns.

Oliver King, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, said: "We are introducing this age restriction in response to growing concern about the consumption of energy drinks among young people."

Irvine Times:

Andrew Murray, Asda's chief customer officer, said: "We take our responsibilities as a retailer seriously and work hard to ensure we get the balance right between offering choice and doing the right thing.

"We have listened to our customers and want to take a leading position in this area to support parents and teachers in limiting young peoples' access to high caffeine drinks."

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Theresa May has said the Government will continue to look at the evidence on high-energy drinks after a Tory MP called for their sale to be banned to under-16s.

The Prime Minister said she was aware drinks high in sugar can be damaging to children’s health, adding that the Government was supporting schools and parents to make healthier choices.