CRN Supports FDA Taking Action to Prevent Consumer Access to Pure Powdered Caffeine

Washington, D.C., September 1, 2015In response to a consumer update issued today by FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, “FDA Takes Action on Bulk Pure Powdered Caffeine Products,” announcing the issuance of five warning letters to distributors of pure powdered caffeine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, issued the following statement:

Statement by Rend Al-Mondhiry, regulatory counsel, CRN: 

“We have been, and continue to be, supportive of FDA’s efforts in this area to educate consumers about the potential dangers of pure powdered caffeine. We share the agency’s concerns about the safety of this product being sold directly to consumers. In fact, earlier this year, CRN updated its voluntary guidelines for caffeine-containing products to include restraints against the sale and marketing of pure powdered caffeine. Our guidelines do not limit marketing or sales of pure powdered caffeine in bulk form as part of a business-to-business transaction, but we have advised that our companies—and we hope the industry will follow suit—should not sell or market pure powdered caffeine in bulk form directly to consumers. We hope the companies receiving the warning letters will take these concerns seriously, and if not, we look to FDA to take the next steps under the law.”

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