FDA warns against powdered caffeine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal -- it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. Eighteen-year-old Logan Stiner of LaGrange, Ohio, died May 27 after consuming it.The FDA said teenagers and young adults may be particularly drawn to the caffeine powder, which is a stimulant.The agency said the products are 100 percent caffeine and may carry minimal or insufficient labeling. Consumers may not be aware that even a small amount can cause an overdose.Symptoms of caffeine overdose or toxicity include rapid or erratic heartbeat, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and disorientation.By MARY CLARE JALONICK AND ANN SANNERAssociated PressCopyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.