FDA Looks Into Caffeine-Added Products


With the recent increase of “energy” products on the market, the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. is launching an investigation into the safety of caffeine-added foods.  In particular, the FDA will focus on the effects of caffeine-enhanced products with children and teens.  Some new caffeine-enhanced products are attractive and readily available to adolescents, such as jelly beans, marshmallows, sunflower seeds and gum.  (The gum, btw, has as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee in just one piece!)  The last time the FDA explicitly approved added caffeine was in the 1950s for colas.  Although there is no recommended limit of caffeine for children, many medical groups discourage parents from giving children and adolescents any sort of caffeine or other stimulants.