Caffeine Gum Taken Off the Market
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Wrigley’s chewing gum has suspended one of their products that contains caffeine just over a week after it was released. Alert Energy Caffeine Gum contained 40 milligrams of caffeine in each piece, which is equivalent to about half a cup of coffee.

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Caffeine gum is taken off of the market. Wrigley’s chewing gum has suspended one of their products that contains caffeine just over a week after it was released. Alert Energy Caffeine Gum contained 40 milligrams of caffeine in each piece, which is equivalent to about half a cup of coffee. Wrigley’s announced that production, sales, and marketing of the product will be temporarily discontinued. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the expanding market of products that contain caffeine. Some of these products are marketed to teenagers and children and range from caffeinated water and popcorn to jelly beans. The FDA has regulated caffeinated products before. In 2010, they banned the sale of Four Loco, a drink that combined alcohol and caffeine. Michael R. Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the FDA addressed the idea of having an age limit on products with caffeine. Taylor said: “Enforcing age restrictions would be challenging. The more fundamental questions are whether it is appropriate to use foods that may be inherently attractive and accessible to children as the vehicle to deliver the stimulant caffeine and whether we should place limits on the amount of caffeine in certain products.”