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Caffeine labeling for beverages

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Coca-Cola North America and Pepsi-Co have each announced plans to begin disclosing the amount of caffeine per serving on product labeling for beverages. Coca-Cola already includes caffeine labeling on its Full Throttle and Enviga green tea beverage packaging, but will expand the labeling to all of its products "as part of an industry initiative," the company says in a Feb. 21 release. The firm will roll out the new labels for Coca-Cola Classic in May and will expand to other brands during the remainder of the year. The labeling change follows a public meeting on functional foods, where members of the dietary supplement industry asked FDA to issue a rulemaking requiring the amount of added caffeine to be listed in product labeling (1"The Tan Sheet" Dec. 11, 2006, p. 4). A recent study found weight-loss products - particularly multi-ingredient supplements containing caffeine - were most commonly tied to supplement-related adverse events (2"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 29, 2007, p. 3)...

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