Blumenthal seeks US rules on powdered caffeine

A bag of powdered caffeine (file).
A bag of powdered caffeine (file).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — For the second time this week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is demanding federal action on a hazardous product.

Connecticut’s senior senator is headed to Southern Connecticut State University on Thursday to call on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove powdered caffeine from shelves.

An Ohio teenager died in May of a lethal amount of caffeine in his system. Caffeine powder is sold as a dietary supplement and is not subject to the same federal regulations as certain caffeinated foods. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain and the youth who died was a wrestler.

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The Food and Drug Administration says it will consider taking regulatory action.

On Monday, Blumenthal announced a drive for federal legislation requiring child-proof bottles of liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.

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