FDA bans bulk sale of caffeine powder

<p>The Food and Drug Administration is banning the bulk sale of powdered caffeine. Suffolk County lawmakers praised the move Thursday.</p>

News 12 Staff

Apr 19, 2018, 6:47 PM

Updated 2,229 days ago

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The Food and Drug Administration is banning the bulk sale of powdered caffeine.
Suffolk County lawmakers praised the move Thursday. They passed a countywide ban of sales to minors in 2014, after an 18-year-old from Ohio died of a caffeine overdose three days before his high school graduation.
Caffeine packaging lists a serving size as 1/16 of a teaspoon. One full teaspoon of the powder is the equivalent of about 28 cups of coffee. The FDA commissioner says the super-concentrated powders can be deceptively potent.
"I would get a heart attack if I drank that much coffee," says Mahhum Sajjad, a college junior.
Two Suffolk legislators, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and Dr. William Spencer, traveled to Washington to push for the ban.
"The FDA very rarely bans anything," says Spencer, a Huntington Democrat who testified before the FDA. "We researched back since the '90s. They've changed labeling on a couple of things, but with bans it's almost unheard of."


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