FDA warns companies to stop selling dangerous pure and highly concentrated caffeine products
The parties responsible for certain highly concentrated caffeine products have received warning letters from FDA.
The parties responsible for certain highly concentrated caffeine products have received warning letters from FDA. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, noted: "Despite being informed of the dangers of highly concentrated and pure caffeine, we're still finding companies that are disregarding consumer safety by illegally selling products with potentially dangerous and lethal amounts of caffeine." He said at least two deaths have already been linked to pure or concentrated caffeine. "We've let consumers know that they should avoid pure caffeine sold in bulk, and we've issued guidance to help firms understand when these kinds of products are considered adulterated and shouldn't be sold." According to FDA, the 16-ounce package of the product sold on liquidcaffeine.com includes multiple toxic doses, and "as a whole it represents an amount of caffeine that could be potentially lethal to certain populations." Meanwhile, a product called Dual Health Body and Mind includes 8 ounces of pure powdered caffeine—equal to more than 1,000 servings of the product—and is also sold in amounts as large as 5.5 pounds, or nearly 12,500 servings of the product. FDA has given the recipients of the warning letters 15 days to respond with specific steps they are taking to address the violations and prevent any recurrences.