Board wants caffeine study to determine reproduction risk
SACRAMENTO ” A state advisory board is calling for a study to determine if sodas and energy drinks containing caffeine pose a risk to pregnant women.
The review could lead to warning labels on the drinks under Proposition 65, a 1986 ballot measure that requires the state to identify chemicals that could cause cancer or birth defects.
Board member Hillary Klonoff-Cohen says dozens of scientific studies link caffeine consumption to miscarriages, premature births and low birth weight.
The label requirement would not cover coffee and tea, which have much higher caffeine levels, because the stimulant occurs naturally in those beverages.