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Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal want the FDA to assess the effect that caffeine has...

Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal want the FDA to assess the effect that caffeine has on children, instead of focusing solely on adults. The bigger issue at play is if the FDA will decide to re-categorize energy drinks as sodas which would limit caffeine to 0.72 mg/12 ounces. Though the fast-growing energy market isn't going away anytime soon, regulation could curb growth.
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  • aldo701
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    it's a really funny. this story of caffeine, actual limit in europe is 32 mg for 100 ml, and it's considered safe, one energy of 500 ml or 16oz is = 2 espresso, :) politics have lot of free time to debate on nothing,
    12 Sep 2012, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • Vertical Spread
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    I agree with the FDA. Those drinks are crap, and do have the ability to destroy people. Sometimes they contain other uppers in combination such as Ephedrine. They also contribute to obesity, because they make junkies out of kids who then binge and crash. Anything stronger than a Coke Classic should be banned.
    12 Sep 2012, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • JLesinski
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    " Sometimes they contain other uppers in combination such as Ephedrine."

     

    Ephedrine has been illegal in everything but medications which you must show ID, sign for, get from behind the pharmacy counter, can only buy 3.6 grams of in a day, 9 grams in a month, and all of that information is kept for 2 years.

     

    That has been the law since 2006, research is a wonderful thing.

     

    "They also contribute to obesity, because they make junkies out of kids who then binge and crash"

     

    That sounds like a parenting problem to me. Either that, or we need to start prosecuting Smith and Wesson every time someone uses one of their guns in a crime, Ford et al when someone hits another person with a car, and Boeing or Airbus when someone flies a plane into a building. Believe it or not, people have a responsibility for their actions and their decisions; although no one wants to remember that fact anymore.
    12 Sep 2012, 10:52 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Nanny state, nanny state, how come no nanny state complaints?
    12 Sep 2012, 03:44 PM Reply Like
  • robgra
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    "how come no nanny state complaints":

     

    Durbin and Blumenthal are nanny state cretins. The FDA has enough to do (not particularly well) without picking on the freaking energy drink industry. How about these Senators do their job and produce a budget instead?

     

    Was that good enough for you?
    12 Sep 2012, 03:53 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Thank you. The Red Bull is getting to my nerves.
    12 Sep 2012, 04:11 PM Reply Like
  • John Gedritis
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    Durbin really is overmatched in his career. I didn't think this required government intervention when we are headed for fiscal disaster.
    12 Sep 2012, 04:42 PM Reply Like
  • Ana Maria Sierra
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    I think every person should be responsible for what they eat and drink and no the congress deciding for us and our children.
    13 Sep 2012, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • CassandraSees
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    Oh good heavens!!! The Control Freaks are at it again. Senators you have an economy in free fall, a mountain of debt to get rid of, a budget that needs to be put together, a fiscal cliff, etc - - Get off the "EVIL" food kick or is it just easier to play around and not tackle the job that YOU applied for and claimed that YOU would take care of when you got to Washington???
    13 Sep 2012, 12:16 PM Reply Like
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