Lewis W. Diuguid

Caffeine has been a longstanding problem in snack foods and drinks

Updated: 2013-05-01T00:18:18Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Consumers have to be pretty vigilant to check the labels of most snack foods and drinks if they don’t want caffeine in them.

The Food and Drug Administration is decades behind and billions of dollars short in saying it’s time to investigate the proliferation of caffeine being added to food and drink products. The Associated Press reports that the FDA is taking a new look at added caffeine and its effects on children and adolescents after Wrigley pumped up its new product, Alert Energy Gum, with caffeine.

Kids have been consuming caffeine supercharged energy drinks and food for ages. The FDA has been sitting on its hands.

The food industry and its consumers are likely too hooked on the caffeine high for the FDA to put the brakes on the drug’s use.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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