The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is launching an investigation into foods that boast “added caffeine for an energy boost,” to determine the potential health risks for children and young adults.
The FDA’s probe into caffeine products is a response to a new product released by Wrigley this week called “Alert Energy Gum,” that promises “The right energy, right now.” Popular energy drinks and shots such as Monsters and RedBull’s are already on the agency’s radar following an array of serious events — including heart palpitations, high blood pressure and even cardiac arrest and death.
Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner of foods, said in a statement Monday that the proliferation of caffeine added to foods is "beyond anything FDA envisioned." The agency intends to investigate the potential impact these new sources of caffeine will have on children’s health. And will be prepared to take action if deemed necessary.
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