Usually most of us start our day with a cup or two of coffee to help jump-start our morning. However, some people are taking their love of caffeine to a whole new level, ditching caffeinated beverages in favor of pure powdered caffeine.
Little did they know, powdered caffeine is a dangerous and powerful stimulant and ingesting too much of it can kill them.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, companies selling bulk powdered caffeine are distributing potentially deadly doses without clear guidance on how much is safe.
FDA warned five distributors that they were selling killer doses of the stimulant, in fact, it already killed two teenagers.
The difference between a safe amount and a toxic dose of caffeine in these pure powdered products is very small. Furthermore, safe quantities of these products can be nearly impossible to measure accurately with common kitchen measuring tools,” FDA said in a statement.
Vomiting, diarrhea, stupor and disorientation are other symptoms of caffeine toxicity.
It is unclear why your product label provides the information that one-quarter teaspoon of your product is 574 milligrams, since this amount is well in excess of the serving size that your label recommends. Although your product’s serving size is listed as 200 milligrams, it is possible that a consumer would understand your label as a whole as suggesting a serving size of one-quarter teaspoon,” the agency says in one of the warning letters, issued to Michael McCandless of North Carolina-based Smartpowders.
Now, the companies have 15 days to respond to the warning letters. The federal agency could seize the caffeine products or prevent producers from manufacturing it if they fail to comply with labeling requirements for all products, including those on the market.