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US warns against 'powdered pure caffeine' after teen dies

Published on Jul 19, 2014 6:40 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US regulators on Friday warned against ingesting pure powdered caffeine, which is being sold in bulk over the Internet and is known to have killed at least one teenager.

“These products are essentially 100 per cent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee,” the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA advised consumers “to avoid powdered pure caffeine” and warned parents that teenagers and young adults may be drawn to it for its perceived benefits.

“Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose,” the FDA statement said.

 
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