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FDA looks at caffeine impact on kids after Wrigley gum (More Nanny Nation)
reuters ^ | 4/30/2013 | reuters

Posted on 04/30/2013 7:25:00 PM PDT by tobyhill

Wrigley's new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to look into the potential impact that added caffeine may have on children and adolescents.

The FDA said on Monday it was taking a "fresh look" at the issue in response to the launch of a caffeinated gum, "and if necessary, will take appropriate action."

While the FDA did not name the gum in its statement, Wrigley launched the product this month. One piece of the gum contains 40 milligrams of caffeine, about as much as a half-cup of coffee, according to Wrigley, which is owned by privately held Mars Inc.

The company said it markets the gum as an energy product for adults aged 25 and older, and that it exceeds current regulatory requirements on labeling and disclosure. The gum has a more bitter taste that does not appeal to children, a higher price, and packaging that clearly separates it from other gums, she said.

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1 posted on 04/30/2013 7:25:00 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Um....What about Soda?


2 posted on 04/30/2013 7:26:06 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: tobyhill

The FDA should look into caffeine and steroid abuse by police officers.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 7:26:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: tobyhill

In this case, looks like legitimate government function to me.


4 posted on 04/30/2013 7:27:16 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: tobyhill

No caffeinated gum unless you’re over 25, but you can have the abortion pill ten years younger.


5 posted on 04/30/2013 7:48:08 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby.)
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To: tobyhill

It’s a lot better than the caffeine huffing devices that (if I recall correctly) were being marketed in Japan, and which sound outright dangerous to me.

I’d rather just drink the coffee or tea.


6 posted on 04/30/2013 7:49:19 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: tobyhill

Anyone believe them that it is only for adults?

Of course not. Just like legal pot is aimed at kids by the liberdopians


7 posted on 04/30/2013 8:59:41 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: tobyhill
One piece of the gum contains 40 milligrams of caffeine, about as much as a half-cup of coffee,

YES! Let's worry over chewing gum while ignoring the fact a child could waltz into Starbucks and get a triple-shot espresso latte concoction with enough caffeine to give an entire herd of elephants the jitters.

Control freaks have no sense of proportion. Go figure.

8 posted on 05/01/2013 2:59:45 AM PDT by MamaTexan (Please do not mistake my devotion to fairness as permission to be used as a doormat)
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To: tobyhill

(More Nanny Nation)


9 posted on 05/01/2013 4:23:28 AM PDT by Misterioso (The proverbial elephant in the room is kneeling on a prayer rug. -- Don Feder)
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