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I founded the campaign Responsible Retail of Energy Drinks (RRED) in 2013 as a result of the concerns of parents in my ward who were worried about the impact of energy drinks on their children's health and concentration. I wrote to the four leading supermarket chains to ask them to adopt the voluntary code of RRED good practice. This includes the voluntary ban of sale of energy drinks to under sixteens. All four refused citing lack of evidence as the main reason.

The RRED campaign has been raised with MSPs of all parties. RRED has made a presentation to MSPs in June 2015 organised by Sarah Boyack MSP and attended by MSPs of all parties. RRED has also given a presentation to MEPs in Brussels in March 2016. 

RRED now has over thirty independent retailers who have adopted the RRED code and while this is good for those local communities it makes little impact on the bigger problem. RRED has the support of the Educational Institute for Scotland, the Royal College of Physicians, Scottish Action on Alcohol Problems, and the Children's Food Campaign.

RRED is also a member of the Food Research Collaboration and has contributed to their work on making a case for funding for research (see "Energy Drinks: What's the evidence?" by Shelina Visram and Kawther Hashen for the FRC 2016).

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