Malpractice News

May 4, 2013

FDA investigation spurred by spread of caffeinated foods

At one time, the main foods where consumers would find caffeine were coffee and pop. That’s changed in recent years, however, with the proliferation of caffeine-loaded energy drinks. In today’s society, people are expected to perform better for longer stretches and the amount of sleep the average American gets is forever being encroached upon. This may explain why caffeinated items are becoming more widely available on grocery store shelves.

Caffeine pops up in more and more places

In fact, caffeine may now be found in a plethora of places you wouldn’t even think to look, including, according to one New York Time’s article, in “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.” 

Effect of caffeine on children under investigation 

This startling spread of the widely known stimulant is alarming to doctors and the FDA for several reasons, but most particularly because the long-term effects that caffeine can have on children and adolescents are still not known. Thus, on Friday, May 3, the FDA announced, “Our concern is about caffeine appearing in a range of new products . . . without careful consideration of their cumulative impact” and would thus be launching an investigation into the effects of caffeine on young people.


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