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Posted 28 October 2020 - 06:08 PM

For a dietary supplement that contains naturally occurring caffeine (like from coffee and tea), is it OK to list Contains Caffeine ONLY WITHOUT listing the AMOUNT of caffeine in the product? 


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Posted 28 October 2020 - 06:34 PM

Is caffeine on the official allergen list of FDA?



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Posted 28 October 2020 - 06:35 PM

Client just did labeling for two drinks - the one is similar to Starbucks Cafe Latte  and the other a cold chai tea mixture that is "supercharged."


The first one shows coffee as an ingredient with no mention of caffeine - but the tea mixture is supercharged with generic caffeine and it is included on both the ingredient list and as a percentage on the nutritional breakdown.


I was informed by a labeling consultant that if a drink or product has caffeine it would be in both locations, but if the caffeine is a part of coffee and coffee is in the drink/product then only the name coffee needs to be listed on the ingredients and not on the nutritional breakdown.

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 06:26 AM

Hi sirs,

In case the caffeine is a part of coffee and coffee is in the drink/product, but we would like to claim caffeine content on the label. Please advise us how it can be claimed to compliance with US FDA?

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 10:11 PM

You are not required to state the specific amounts of caffeine since it is inherent in the coffee.  You simply need to state "contains caffeine".  However, if you wish to list it you can list it in the nutritionals, or as a separate statement on the information panel.


If added separately, like in soda, you need to have it on the ingredient statement.  Mind you there is a GRAS FDA limit of 200 PPM.



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