Safety of caffeine powders and high caffeine content products
Last month, Minister Colbeck released FSANZ’s report of caffeine powders and high caffeine content products.
In releasing the report, the Minister agreed to all recommendations made by FSANZ to enhance consumer safety with regards to caffeine powder and high content caffeine food.
The five recommendations approved by Minister Colbeck are:
FSANZ has commenced work on implementation of the recommendations. You can stay up to date with progress of this work here.
- That FSANZ develop and declare as urgent a proposal to amend the Code to prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products.
- That FSANZ consider developing a maximum limit of caffeine in food, based on the outcome of the current review of Standard 2.9.4 – Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods.
- That a coordinated inter-agency consumer information campaign on safe caffeine consumption be developed and implemented in conjunction with the implementation of recommendation one, if adopted.
- That, prior to or in parallel with the consumer information campaign, guidance on the regulation of products containing pure or high concentrations of caffeine, and high caffeine content products, be developed by Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR) for, and agreed by, enforcement agencies to inform compliance action.
- That targeted research on caffeine consumption across the Australian and New Zealand population, including consumption by specific vulnerable population groups, continue to be undertaken as part of the upcoming Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study.
We have also developed some useful information including an infographic on safe caffeine consumption. Check it out here.