Caffeinated gum prompts an FDA investigation

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Wrigley launched a caffeinated gum last week called Alert Energy, adding to the numerous foods and beverages now containing added caffeine for “energy.” And the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it’s responding with an investigation.

The agency “is taking a fresh look at the potential impact that the totality of new and easy sources of caffeine may have on the health of children and adolescents, and if necessary, will take appropriate action,” Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner, said in a statement. “The only time that the FDA explicitly approved the added use of caffeine in a food was for cola and that was in the 1950s.”

The FDA cited caffeinated gum as the reason for its investigation.

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