Background: Energy drinks have swooped the beverage industry of late, there are not much
papers related to the regulatory status of energy drinks in India. This paper aims to look into their regulation
in India in comparison to developed nations.
Methods: The study was conducted by consulting bibliographic databases such as, academic journals,
trade journals, books, market reports, newspaper articles, web pages of relevant regulatory authorities
using focused review questions.
Results: Thirty nine papers were included in the review which revealed that in comparison to developed
nations the regulatory status of energy drinks in India is still in the preliminary stages. Energy
drinks marketed in India along with their active ingredients and drinks having non-permissible combinations
have also been identified.
Conclusion: Although FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) has drafted a proposal
for regulating energy drinks but implementation seems to be a distant reality, the government should
take stringent actions in order to improve the rising health concerns raised by energy drinks before it’s
too little too late.