Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) recently released education materials to help people understand the risks associated with pure and highly concentrated caffeine powders and foods.
These products are typically marketed as sports supplements and contain much more caffeine than that found naturally in things like coffee, tea or cocoa, which have a long history of safe use. In fact, one single teaspoon of pure caffeine powder can contain the same amount of caffeine as 25 – 50 cups of coffee!
Due to the highly concentrated nature of these substances, it is almost impossible for people to determine a safe dosage. To protect consumers, pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products - including pure caffeine powders - are banned from retail sale in Australia and New Zealand.
Click here to find out more and access the new materials.