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Why isn't the amount of caffeine a product contains required on a food label?

The Nutrition Facts Panel on food labels is required to include recommended dietary information for nutrients. Caffeine is not a nutrient. It is a natural chemical found in such items as tea leaves, coffee beans, and cacao (used to make chocolate). If caffeine is added to a food, it must be included in the listing of ingredients required on food product labels. Caffeine is generally recognized as safe when used in cola-type beverages up to a level of 0.02 percent or 200 parts per million.

The agency has notified nearly 30 manufacturers of certain alcoholic beverages containing added caffeine that it intends to look into the safety and legality of their products.

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