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Caffeine

Caffeine occurs naturally in foods, such as coffee, tea and cocoa and has a long history of safe use as a mild stimulant. Products are also available with added caffeine, including cola-type soft drinks, formulated caffeinated beverages (energy drinks) and energy shots.

Is caffeine safe?

Caffeine is used in safe quantities in the manufacture of coffee, cola drinks and energy drinks. It is also present in foods such as chocolate, baked goods, lollies and even tea leaves.

Products containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine powder are banned from retail sale in Australia and New Zealand. In its pure form caffeine can be lethal in quantities as small as one teaspoonful.

Is there a safe limit for caffeine?

There is no recognised health-based guidance value, such as an Acceptable Daily Intake, for caffeine. However, recommendations for caffeine consumption based on age, weight and for pregnant and breastfeeding women are available.

Is caffeine regulated?

Yes. The Food Standards Code restricts how much caffeine can be added to cola-type soft drinks and energy drinks.

 

Find out more

  • For more information on caffeine, including recommendations for reasonable caffeine consumption, visit the FSANZ website.