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Caffeine popularity problems

Lack of labeling information for levels could harm sensitive and at-risk consumers.

Rising popularity of high-caffeine drinks in U.S....could bring problems, according to a recent report in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology. Medical researchers argue that the high caffeine content in drinks should be disclosed on nutritional labels. The Food and Drug Administration currently requires manufacturers to note the presence of caffeine, but not the specific quantity. "That could deliver an unpleasant surprise to certain consumers who may not realize what they are drinking--particularly children, pregnant women and adults with hypertension, heart disease or excessive anxiety."

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

This item was from the June 22 issue of Global Packaging Minute, a monthly read of "hard-hitting and off-beat packaging news from around the world," edited by Packaging World associate publisher Jim Chrzan.

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