Families, lawmakers call for FDA ban on powdered caffeine

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are urging FDA to ban powdered caffeine. The agency issued a warning about the product last year. "It's past time for the FDA to ban the retail sale, period," said Brown.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) are urging FDA to ban powdered caffeine. The agency issued a warning about the product last year. "It's past time for the FDA to ban the retail sale, period," said Brown. "Make no mistake, even a small amount of powdered caffeine can result in a tragedy." FDA noted that four of the five manufacturers of powdered caffeine that received letters last year are no longer making the product, while the fifth is no longer marketing it. The agency advised against ingesting the substance. "FDA is not aware of any new adverse event reports associated with pure powdered caffeine since we took action in August 2015, but we are continuing to actively monitor the market for dangerous or violative products and will consider taking additional regulatory action, as appropriate, to protect consumers," FDA said.