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Background Information: Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

See updated information on caffeinated alcoholic beverages.


On November 13, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration notified nearly 30 manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages that FDA intended to look into the safety and legality of their products. The FDA noted that it is unaware of the basis upon which manufacturers may have concluded that the use of caffeine in alcoholic beverages is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) or prior sanctioned. The FDA has only listed caffeine as GRAS as an ingredient for use in cola-type beverages in concentrations of no greater than 200 parts per million. There is no food additive regulation that permits the addition of caffeine, at any level, in alcoholic beverages. Information related to this topic can be found below.

FDA News Release (November 13, 2009):

FDA To Look Into Safety of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages; Agency Sends Letters to Nearly 30 Manufacturers

 

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Examples of Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

During the press call on November 13, 2009 FDA provided 3 examples of alcoholic beverages to which caffeine is added. FDA has posted the letters associated with these products on its web site. The inclusion of these examples is not intended to suggest that these products differ in significance from the other beverages identified in the nearly 30 letters FDA has sent to manufacturers as part of its efforts on this issue.

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