Following the recent death of an Ohio teenager whose autopsy reportedly
revealed blood levels of more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter,
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued “consumer advice”
warning parents that powdered pure caffeine is a “powerful stimulant and
very small amounts may cause accidental overdose.” Such products are
unregulated and sold as dietary supplements. According to the agency, a
teaspoon of pure caffeine is “roughly equivalent” to the amount contained
in 25 cups of coffee. FDA is encouraging the public as well as health care
providers to report any adverse events related to consumption of powdered
pure caffeine to the agency. See Associated Press, July 19, 2014; FDA Consumer
Advice on Powdered Pure Caffeine, July 21, 2014.


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For decades, manufacturers, distributors and retailers at every link in the food chain have come to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to partner with a legal team that understands the issues they face in today's evolving food production industry. Shook attorneys work with some of the world's largest food, beverage and agribusiness companies to establish preventative measures, conduct internal audits, develop public relations strategies, and advance tort reform initiatives.

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