Healthy INSIDER Podcast 26: Food Lawyer Describes Challenges FDA Faces to Remove Powdered Caffeine from Dietary Supplements

In this Healthy INSIDER Podcast, veteran food lawyer Anthony Young describes the process by which FDA could remove bulk powdered caffeine from dietary supplements, and related issues surrounding a petition filed last year by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

In December, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a petition, requesting that FDA ban the retail distribution of pure caffeine sold in powder form as a dietary supplement. The petition illustrates some of the issues FDA faces in seeking to remove a dietary supplement from the market through a ban.

In this episode, Josh Long, legal and regulatory editor, and veteran food lawyer Anthony Young, discuss:

  • FDA’s authority under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) to remove powdered caffeine from the market;
  • The unique issues surrounding the petition;
  • The cumbersome process that FDA endured in the banning of ephedra dietary supplements;
  • FDA’s objections to new dietary ingredient (NDI) submissions;
  • A response to recent observations by former FDA commissioners on the agency’s authority to take action against harmful supplements.

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