December 18th, 2015

FDA Wants More Information on Caffeinated Peanut Butter Safety

By News Desk
Food Safety News

On Dec. 15, FDA sent a letter off to STEEM Peanut Butter Inc. in Greenfield, MA, requesting more information about the manufacturer’s use of caffeine in peanut butter.
The agency noted that it is “concerned about the marketing of a peanut butter, a food popular with many children, containing added caffeine.”

FDA stated that in media reports STEEM has said that it plans to “behave responsibly,” but the company has yet to submitted to FDA any information about the safety of using caffeine in its peanut butter product. FDA said that it needs the information it is requesting to determine whether the product meets applicable scientific and legal standards for lawful sale in the U.S.

The agency remains concerned about the increasing number of products on the market containing added caffeine and the possibility for harmful effects when multiple caffeinated products are eaten simultaneously, especially in products that are attractive to children.

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