Petition to Ban the Retail Distribution Of Pure and Highly Concentrated Caffeine Sold in Powder Form as a Dietary Supplement


The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), representing 800,000 members and supporters, petitions the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the retail distribution of pure and highly concentrated caffeine as a dietary supplement. The recent commencement of pure or highly concentrated caffeine marketing has been associated with ill effects in consumers, including deaths. CSPI thus requests that FDA limit the form in which caffeine is sold to prevent unreasonable risks to adolescents and others from overdoses of caffeine.