The FDA announced late last week that bulk caffeine products may have killed at least two consumers, and that they should be removed from the market. The FDA claims that highly concentrated and pure caffeine, which is often sold in bulk packages, has been linked to deaths in two individuals who were otherwise healthy.
In 2014, the FDA began warning about powdered caffeine, when a teen in Ohio died after using it. The FDA has requested that sellers stop selling the caffeine to consumers. However, despite their attempts to limit the sale of the substance, companies have continued to market powdered caffeine directly to consumers, often in bulk quantities that contain up to thousands of recommended servings per container.
According to the FDA, the powdered caffeine is often used in dangerous ways. Teenagers have been known to mix very high amounts of caffeine into cocktails to help them work out. It is easy to get a dangerous dose of caffeine, the FDA says. A single teaspoon of powdered caffeine can contain the equivalent of 20 to 28 cups of coffee, which could be lethal. An overdose of caffeine can cause heartbeat irregularities that can be fatal.
The FDA says that its recommendation does not affect energy drinks, energy products or supplements that contain caffeine, or any other types of products that contain caffeine. Bulk products can confuse consumers, who may overdose on them.
Companies that sell products that can potentially be dangerous if used incorrectly, such as caffeine sold in bulk, have a duty to consumers to clearly warn of any potential dangers, and possibly removing those products from the market. If you have been harmed by a consumer product that you believe did not contain proper warnings or were dangerous, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. We can help. Call us today at 855-947-0707 to learn more about your rights.