FDA Wants More Information on Caffeinated Peanut Butter Safety
Dec 21, 2015 11:30 AM EST | By Karen Jean N. Tiongco
STEEM is made with natural peanut butter and no artificial sweeteners. Its steady release of energy (without the jittery feeling) makes it perfect not only for athletes and active people but also for normal life. There’s 1,200 mg. of caffeine in a jar of STEEM and 150 mg. per serving.
On December 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to STEEM Peanut Butter Inc. in Greenfield, MA. requesting for more information about the manufacturer's use of caffeine in peanut butter.
Last month, Sen. Charles Schumer requested an FDA investigation of STEEM, arguing that a single serving contains five times the caffeine of a can of Coke, which is a potential health risk, especially for children.
"Too much caffeine can cause a person to be jittery, everyone's experienced that. But it can raise their blood pressure, cause heart palpitations and worse," Sen. Schumer told the press when speaking about the new caffeinated peanut butter, Ars Technica reports.
"To think that peanut butter, one of the snacks most closely associated with children, might have to be stored in the medicine cabinet as opposed to the kitchen cabinet should serve as a jolt to the FDA."
Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that can cause adverse symptoms like increased heart rate and blood pressure, Schumer says, adding that an overdose can be fatal.
The agency Concerns surround the increasing number of caffeinated products flooding the market and the possible risks of consuming multiple caffeinated products simultaneously, especially when those products appeal to children.
FDA intends to continue monitoring the marketing of these novel food products in order to ensure public health and the integrity of the regulatory system designed to protect the food supply.
STEEM has said, on the other hand, that the caffeinated peanut butter is safe for consumption and has already passed every possible test from the FDA.