In May, Dennis and Kate Stiner faced a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. Their son Logan — a studentathlete at Keystone High School in LaGrange, who planned on attending the University of Toledo this fall — died from ingesting too much powdered caffeine three days before his high school graduation. Since then, the Stiners have become courageous advocates for consumer safety so that no other parents will have to suffer the same senseless loss.
Recently, I joined the Stiners in Cleveland to call on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the sale and marketing of powdered caffeine and prevent more accidental deaths. The FDA has alerted consumers to the dangers of powdered caffeine on its website but these products remain readily available without any sort of regulations, warnings or protections. I believe the FDA must to do more to protect American consumers.
Caffeine is an accepted part of our culture — you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t enjoyed a cup of coffee or tea, or a can of soda or an energy drink to concentrate or gain energy. Powdered pure caffeine, however, is not well understood and its high concentration makes it dangerous.
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