The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants consumers to beware of pure powdered caffeine. Usually sold in supplements, caffeine powder overdoses have killed two people. As a result, five distributors have received the FDA’s letters about their caffeine powder products, according to MSN.
Although sodas containing caffeine are regulated, the popular caffeine powder used for a boost of energy or weight management is not. That means the FDA does not have the power to remove the powder from stores.
Instead, the FDA has warned consumers about the risk, developed evidence about the risks, and now sent the missives to the distributors.
“These products are dangerous and present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury to consumers,” said the FDA regarding why it issued the powdered caffeine warning letters.
So how does pure powdered caffeine compare to coffee? Just one teaspoon equals about 28 cups of coffee.
Moreover, it’s difficult to calculate the distinction between what is safe and what is toxic.
“Volume measures, such as teaspoons, are not precise enough to calculate how many milligrams of caffeine are in the serving size,” cautioned the FDA.
The pure caffeine products linked to the warning letters range in content between hundreds to thousands of servings. And that’s the type that can potentially kill, added the FDA.
Powdered caffeine supplements sometimes are used to enhance energy, manage weight, or as a pre-exercise boost.
The caffeine stimulants are linked to both the death of Logan Stiner, 18, and Wade Sweatt, 24, reported the SF Gate.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, as well as the parents of Stiner, have sought to get federal regulators to ban caffeine powder. Both Brown and a lawyer for Stiner’s parents termed the letters sent by the FDA to the powdered caffeine distributors an encouraging sign.
The distributors targeted sell the caffeine supplements online, and they include Bridge City Bulk — Bridge City LLC, Hard Eight Nutrition LLC, PureBulk Inc., SPN LLC (doing business as Smartpowders), and Kreativ Health Inc. (doing business as Natural Food Supplements).
Following the FDA’s letters about the pure powdered caffeine, the distributors now have 15 days, and some companies already have responded.
Kreativ Health’s president, Ron Rudnuck, expressed plans to remove his product from the market. Hard Eight Nutrition spokesperson Kevin Baronowsky said he will no longer provide it to the public after getting the FDA’s letter.
“We now only offer pure caffeine powder to manufacturers that use it as an ingredient in their products,” said Baronowsky.
In charge of quality assurance at Pure Bulk, Tonya Nelson revealed only that a response is being prepared for the FDA.
Bridge City spokesperson Jeff Stratton, in contrast, revealed that the company promptly followed up on the FDA’s missive about caffeine powder and halted sales.
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