FDA warn consumers against the use of dietary supplements containing dangerously high levels of extremely concentrated or pure caffeine
The agency issued a new clarification about dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms. These products are considered unlawful when sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers. "Despite multiple actions against these products in the past, we’ve seen a continued trend of products containing highly concentrated or pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers as dietary supplements and sold in bulk quantities…The amounts used can too easily become deceptively high because of the super-concentrated forms and bulk packaging in which the caffeine is being sold," said Scott Gottlieb, M.D., FDA commissioner. "We’re making clear for industry that these highly concentrated forms of caffeine that are being sold in bulk packages are generally illegal under current law. We’ll act to remove these dangerous bulk products from the market."The amount of caffeine in these products is equivalent to about 20 to 28 cups of coffee, a potentially toxic dose of caffeine. In fact, less than two tablespoons of some formulations of powdered, pure caffeine can be deadly to most adults, while even smaller amounts can be life-threatening to children. @ https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm604485.htm?utm_campaign=04132018_PR_Concentrated%20Caffeine&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
FDA takes step to protect consumers against dietary supplements containing dangerously high levels of extremely concentrated or pure caffeine
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took an important step to better protect consumers from the dangers of highly concentrated and pure caffeine products.