Draft letter for MP’s and MSP’s

YOUR ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS

Dear (INSERT NAME OF MP/MSP)
RESPONSIBLE RETAILING OF ENERGY DRINKS – RRED
I am seeking your support for the RRED campaign which wants retailers to stop selling energy drinks to children. I feel strongly that energy drinks are not suitable for children. Each can has a warning, ‘not recommended for children’. The NHS has stated that because of the high levels of caffeine, sugar and acidity in energy drinks, they are ‘unnecessary’ and ‘unsuitable’ for children.
(INSERT ANY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OR EXAMPLES OF THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF ENERGY DRINKS)
I believe that retailers should have a policy of not selling energy drinks to children. I invite you to support the RRED campaign by asking all the shops which sell energy drinks in your constituency to become RRED retailers. The following actions, if adopted, qualify a shop as a RRED retailer:
• an age ID check at checkouts when shop workers feel that they are selling to an under 16 year old child
• a red light alert to check age at the self service checkouts ( where these exist)
• an advisory notice for on-line orders warning that these are not suitable for children (where this exists)
• placing energy drinks high up on shelves above child height
• advisory notices aimed at parents and children at appropriate points in the shop
• training and on-site support for staff
• working pro-actively with schools and community groups to support healthy lifestyle choices for children
The RRED campaign is aimed at all shops which sell energy drinks. RRED wants these retailers to think of their future customers. If they make a living from a community they have a responsibility to look after that community.
If you would like to know more about the RRED campaign go to www.RREDcampaign.org.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
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