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Apr 30, 2013 12:12 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

FDA: be wary of "extra" caffeine in in drinks and food

The FDA is investigating the growing trend of foods and drinks touting an 'extra' boost of caffeine. The agency says it will study the potential impact these "new and easy sources" of caffeine will have on children and teens.

The move comes in responses to a new caffeinated gum that was introduced this week.

The 'Alert Energy Gum' contains 40 milligrams of caffeine per piece, which is the equivalent to a half cup of coffee.

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that too much caffeine can harm their still developing Cardiovascular and Neurological systems.

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