FDA to Investigate Caffeine Added to Foods

The FDA has just announced that it will begin investigating the amount of caffeine added to foods.  They have stated that they are concerned with the amount of caffeine that is being added to more and more products, including energy drinks, shots, and now gum, and that it has gone “beyond anything FDA envisioned”.  Especially concerning is the possible effect that the added caffeine has on children and adolescents.

While the makers of Alert Energy Gum, whose new product seems to have prompted the investigation, state that they are marketing only to adults, a product like caffeinated gum would certainly be attractive, and readily available, to young people.