• FDA Investigating Caffeine Added Foods

      By ANAHAD O'CONNOR New York Times

      There are many new food products, like this gum, that contain high levels of caffeine.

      Most people who want a quick caffeine fix look for it in liquid form. But lately it has become increasingly easy to find foods that are intentionally laced with it

      Caffeine is being added to a growing number of products — jelly beans, waffles, water and even potato chips. In fact Wrigley, the chewing gum manufacturer, is now promoting a line of caffeinated gum, with each piece containing as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee.

      In response to the growing trend of caffeinated foods, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it planned to investigate the safety of caffeine in food products, particularly focusing on its effects in children and adolescents. On Friday, the agency released more information on its investigation, along with details from its deputy commissioner, Michael R. Taylor:

      Our concern is about caffeine appearing in a range of new products, including ones that may be attractive and readily available to children and adolescents, without careful consideration of their cumulative impact.

      One pack of this gum is like having four cups of coffee in your pocket. Caffeine is even being added to jelly beans, marshmallows, sunflower seeds and other snacks for its stimulant effect.

      Meanwhile, “energy drinks” with caffeine are being aggressively marketed, including to young people. An instant oatmeal on the market boasts that one serving has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, and then there are similar products, such as a so-called “wired” waffle and “wired” syrup with added caffeine.

      The proliferation of these products in the marketplace is very disturbing to us.
      To learn more, read the full report on the F.D.A.’s Web site. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Cons.../ucm350570.htm

      Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/0...***rss&emc=rss
      Comments 4 Comments
      1. Sprinterguy4's Avatar
        Sprinterguy4 -
        Forget the fact that caffeine has been added to soda since forever and kids drink 10 of those a day. Lets just try to shut down the supplement industry one step at a time.
      1. gkusa001's Avatar
        gkusa001 -
        This is just another example of monitoring the idiots who have no self control or common sense "for the greater good". BS! I'm pretty sure the FDA would try to regulate air if they had the chance to...o wait they do (O2 Bars). This is just simply getting out of control
      1. marcusz16's Avatar
        marcusz16 -
        It sounds like the FDA is bored and looking for something to do. I say we cut the whole program and use the funds to help our national debt.
      1. brutostronzo's Avatar
        brutostronzo -
        It definitely sounds like the fda is bored and useless wasting peoples tax money, why don't they go regulate the craploads of chemicals that's being pumped into our meat and vegetables. Agreed to decomissioning the fda they make,me want to vomit
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