Food Standards Australia New Zealand | Call for comment on an urgent proposal to prohibit the retail sale of concentrated caffeine products
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for public comment on an urgent Proposal to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products in Australia and New Zealand.
The proposal follows a review conducted by FSANZ in August 2019 which found the availability of pure caffeine for retail sale poses an unacceptably high risk to consumers, and should be prohibited.
FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the urgent proposal reflects a significant amount of work, including a thorough risk assessment carried out by FSANZ over the past few months.
“Our risk assessment confirmed pure or highly purified forms of caffeine pose an unacceptably high risk to consumers. Ingestion of small amounts of these substances can result in severe health effects, including death," Mr Booth said.
“In addition, the risk assessment has determined a maximum safe level for total caffeine in food should be set at less than 5% - unless there are existing permissions in the Code (i.e. energy drinks and cola drinks).
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