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August 10, 1984

Caffeine Labeling

Author Affiliations

From the Council on Scientific Affairs, Division of Personal and Public Health Policy, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1984;252(6):803-806. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350060047029

A REPORT on the safety of dietary caffeine, presented at the Jan 24, 1981, meeting of the Council on Scientific Affairs, suggested that "moderate methylxanthine consumers, eg, moderate tea or coffee drinkers, probably need have no concern for their health relative to their caffeine consumption provided other life-style habits (diet, alcohol consumption) are moderate, as well."

TOXICITY OF CAFFEINE  The Resident Physicians' Section of the American Medical Association indicated but did not specify "concerns" regarding current levels of dietary caffeine consumption. This report addresses the widely publicized possible risks associated with caffeine consumption.

Carcinogenicity  Following a 1980 safety evaluation of caffeine as a food ingredient, the Food and Drug Administration stated:Based on the currently available data, FDA cannot determine conclusively whether caffeine is, or is not, carcinogenic in animals. There is no adequate basis at this time, however, for concluding that caffeine poses any risk of cancer in humans.

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