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Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey Pushes for a ban on Powdered Caffeine

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A Pennsylvania senator said Monday that he wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban powdered caffeine, a strong and potentially dangerous stimulant.

Senator Robert Casey said he has written a letter to the head of the FDA about his concerns over the powerful stimulant. Teens and young adults are increasingly using the supplement to work out, lose weight, and stay up late to study. At least two deaths have been linked to powdered caffeine, which is easy to purchase. One teaspoon of the substance is the equivalent to 25 cups of coffee, according to CBS Philly.

In December, the FDA posted a warning about the dangers of powdered caffeine on its website. The stimulant is easy to overdose on, the FDA says. Caffeine toxicity can cause a dangerously erratic heartbeat, seizures and death. Vomiting, diarrhea, stupor and disorientation are also symptoms of caffeine overdose. These symptoms are typically more severe than those caused by consuming too much coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages.

Senator Casey says the warning is not enough, and powdered caffeine should be banned outright.

“The FDA is a regulatory agency and sometimes may not have the same sense of urgency that we have or certainly that constituents or taxpayers have,” Senator Casey said.

An FDA spokesperson told CBS Philly that the agency is considering every legal option, including regulatory action. The agency warned that consumers should avoid powdered caffeine, especially bulk bags sold on the internet. disclaimer: This article: Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey Pushes for a ban on Powdered Caffeine was posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 3:48 pm at and is filed under Other Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits.

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