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FDA issues warning to inhalable caffeine maker

WASHINGTON - Food and Drug Administration officials have issued a warning letter to the makers of the inhalable caffeine product AeroShot, saying they have questions about its safety and concerns about how children and adolescents may use it.

The AeroShot went on the market in January in Massachusetts and New York, and it’s also available in France. Consumers put one end of the plastic canister in their mouths and breathe in, releasing a fine powder that dissolves.

The FDA said the Massachusetts company behind AeroShot, Breathable Foods, misled consumers by saying the product can be both inhaled and ingested, which is not possible. The agency said it is concerned consumers may try to inhale it into their lungs.

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The letter also pointed out that the company’s website says it is not recommended for those under the age of 18, while the product label says it is not recommended for those under 12.

Breathable Foods chief executive Tom Hadfield said the product is not intended for those under 18. He said the company will work with FDA to ensure compliance. The company has 15 days to respond.