Producers are additionally being suggested to inform retailers that they need to not supply free refill promotions to under-10s, to forestall younger kids being uncovered to extreme quantities of glycerol.
The up to date steering follows an FSA danger evaluation which discovered that kids beneath this age could undergo from complications and illness brought on by publicity to glycerol.
The FSA can also be conscious of two instances in Scotland in, one in 2021 and one in 2022, the place kids had been hospitalised due to glycerol intoxication.
At very excessive ranges of publicity – sometimes when a number of of those merchandise are drunk by a baby in a brief house of time – glycerol intoxication may trigger shock, hypoglycaemia and lack of consciousness.
FSA Head of Components, Adam Hardgrave, mentioned: “Whereas the signs of glycerol intoxication are normally delicate, it is crucial that oldsters are conscious of the dangers – significantly at excessive ranges of consumption.
“It’s probably that there’s under-reporting of glycerol intoxication, as mother and father could attribute nausea and complications to different elements.
“We’re grateful to these producers who’ve already taken steps to scale back ranges of glycerol, and to those that have already advised us they are going to be adopting our new tips.”
Slush ice drinks can include glycerol as an alternative choice to sugar to create the slush impact. The FSA’s new steering asks companies to solely add glycerol on the minimal amount technically vital to realize this impact.
Whereas glycerol is present in another meals, it’s added at a lot decrease portions than in slush ice drinks.
The FSA’s danger evaluation thought-about a worst-case publicity situation by which a baby consumed a 350 ml slush drink containing the very best stage of glycerol used (50,000 mg/L) and in contrast this to a threshold above which opposed results may happen. Youngsters aged 4 or beneath would exceed this threshold.
These above the age of 4 are thought-about unlikely to undergo in poor health results from ingesting one slush drink. It is because the consequences of glycerol are associated to physique weight. The FSA’s danger evaluation and recommendation thought-about the typical weight of kids at totally different ages.
If, sooner or later, the utmost ranges of glycerol utilized by business lower, the brand new business tips could also be reassessed.
The FSA will likely be monitoring how broadly the rules are adopted and will take additional motion in future.