Consumer groups push to regulate potentially lethal caffeine powder

The New York Times reports in-depth on efforts to restrict the sale of caffeine powder, which is sold as a dietary supplement and “virtually unregulated and widely available from online vendors.” The article notes that “in its pure form, caffeine is quite powerful,” with ten grams, roughly a tablespoon, being a “lethal dose for an adult.”

Laura MacCleery, an attorney with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said, “It’s the public misperception and familiarity with caffeine, which is something we think we know, that makes this product so dangerous in its current form.”

Although the FDA has not regulated the sale of powdered caffeine, spokesperson Jennifer Corbett Dooren said the agency “will consider taking regulatory action, as appropriate, to protect consumers.”

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