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Red Bull out of stock in Qatar due to new label regulations

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Supermarket shelf with some energy drinks, but no Red Bull
Supermarket shelf with some energy drinks, but no Red Bull

With reporting from Heba Fahmy

Updated at 11.15am with Red Bull comment on stocks.

The popular energy drink Red Bull has been missing from store shelves in Qatar over the past few weeks because it is working to put new labels on the cans to conform to recent government regulations, the company has said.

For the past several days, rumors have been swirling on social media about the reason for the drink’s apparent sudden absence.

On Twitter, Red Bull Qatar has responded to questions for more information with a message referring to the drink’s slogan:

In a statement to Doha News however, the company elaborated that the lack of stock was due to new regulations in Qatar that govern the packaging and labeling of all energy drinks, which came into effect from Sept. 1.

While it did not give any further details on the changes it has been required to make, Red Bull said this had impacted shipments into the country.

Red Bull said it hopes that new stocks will be back on Qatar store shelves in less than a month.

Warning label

In response to queries about the safety of the drink, the company added:

“Red Bull Energy Drink is available in more than 165 countries because health authorities across the world have concluded that Red Bull Energy Drink is safe to consume. More than 5.6 billion cans were consumed last year and about 50 billion cans since Red Bull was created more than 25 years ago.”

The drink contains sugar, caffeine and taurine – an amino acid which also features in a number of different brands of energy drinks.

Red Bull - previous packaging
Red Bull – previous packaging

While the addition of the substance has been controversial, an online statement by Red Bull said the average can contains 1g of taurine, while a 70kg person has around 70g of it naturally in their body.

A spokesperson for Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP) told Doha News that the new labeling requirements are under the direction of the Supreme Council of Health.

The SCH was unavailable for comment and has not publicly given specific details on what the new requirements for labeling of energy drinks are.

Previously, the packaging of the drinks included an advisory of the high caffeine content (in Red Bull’s case, 32mg/100ml), adding: “not allowed for pregnant and nursing women, persons under the age of 16, persons sensitive to caffeine, cardiovascular patients and during heavy sports exercises. Not recommended to consume more than two cans per day.”

This warning was printed on the main Red Bull can packaging in Arabic and English, underneath the list of ingredients, as was the case with most other brands.

Power Horse label
Power Horse label

However, the design of the Power Horse energy drink, which is a silver can, now displays the warning message more prominently in a large white square and in larger, red font than the main ingredients.

However, other brands of energy drinks could still be observed on store shelves in Qatar without prominent advisory messages.

Managers at supermarkets including Family Food Center, Megamart and Monoprix told Doha News they were unaware of the apparent new requirements to the packaging, stating that they had been told by Red Bull Qatar only that the drink was currently out of stock.

They said they did not know when they would get new stocks.

GCC trend

Other Gulf states also appear to be taking a tough line on the advertising of energy drinks and the locations in which they can be stocked.

Red Bull previous labeling
Red Bull previous labeling

Last spring, Saudi Arabia banned the sale of all energy drinks at all government, educational and public and private sports clubs and gyms, banned their advertising and introduced a requirement that they carry labels warning of the health side effects in both English and Arabic, Arabian Business reported.

This followed regulations introduced in the UAE in late 2011, which concerned the registration of energy drinks in the state and made it mandatory that they carry a warning using the wording, law firm Al Tamimi & Co reported online:

“This product is not permitted for pregnant women, or women breast feeding, children under 16 years of age, persons susceptible to allergy by caffeine, or persons suffering from heart disease or athletes during sport practice.”

In May, Qatar hosted a GCC wide meeting on food safety, in which proposals to ban or restrict the use of energy drinks in the members states was discussed, the SCH said in a statement.

Qatar’s health minister Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani said at the time:

“We are working on finalizing a unified system to protect GCC markets from unsafe food. This system will be the first defense line to protect the health of GCC citizens,” the Peninsula reported.

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6 years ago

(The drink contains sugar, caffeine and taurine – an amino acid which also features in a number of different brands of energy drinks). this should be the reasone ,,not packaging

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

Does this really give people energy? I tried it once or twice and I don’t remember feeling anything special. It must be all marketing nonsense and people are just falling into it.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

It does if you mix it with vodka….

Bornrich
Bornrich
6 years ago

Drinkers will need the caffeine to read through all the small print on the can.

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago

Whilst we are on this subject….Kleenex Mansize Tissues have been out of stock for months. Why?

Bornrich
Bornrich
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

That’s a crying shame.

MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Grantley

That was probably me. I’ve been running the midnight coal with the lad mags. I could try recycling what I’ve used but gunk is hard to separate from tissues..

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

For Pete’s sake MIMH. Have some consideration. I’ve got a lot of make-up to take off and KMS are the biggest and best….

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Who remembers the great Heinz Bank Beans shortage of 2008. A terrible time for all….

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

And the post ‘cartoon’ Lurpak embargo!
😉

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I remember that. And the PG Tips shortage of 2013. Dreadful.

Ashwin
Ashwin
6 years ago

How are they going to prepare the Bull Frog ?

truth.e.ness
truth.e.ness
6 years ago

I hope Red Bull is back soon. When I toss Power Horse out of my moving LC on the highway, I don’t get that same ‘tink-tink’ sound I’ve grown to love.

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago
Reply to  truth.e.ness

QDC has taken a extended break and now Red Bull is not on the shelves. The holidays are not going to be the same with this juices out of circulation and not on the shelves

Vishal
Vishal
6 years ago
Reply to  truth.e.ness

Hahaha.. This really made me laugh.

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago

According to the tobacco shop in City Centre – ordinary rolling tobacco is not permitted for sale in Qatar, due to insufficient info on the packaging. It begged the rhetorical question ‘why all the cigarette rolling paraphernalia when there is no rolling tobacco available?’ The assistant just smiled diplomatically!

Anab Shanab
Anab Shanab
6 years ago

No Wings…. NOOOO WAY !!!

Myrddin
Myrddin
6 years ago

Seems OXO cubes give the mods a tizz??

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