Wrigley Pulls Gum Due To FDA Investigation

    May 10, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Wrigley has announced they will be pulling their Alert gum off the shelves pending an investigation by the FDA on what the effects of caffeine are on children.

“After discussions with the FDA, we have a greater appreciation for its concern about the proliferation of caffeine in the nation’s food supply,” Wrigley President Casey Keller said. “There is a need for changes in the regulatory framework to better guide the consumers and the industry about the appropriate level and use of caffeinated products.”

In a world where everyone is constantly moving, food and beverage companies have hit it big with products featuring extra caffeine. Many soda makers have introduced “energy” drinks, and super-caffeinated shots like 5 Hour Energy claim to give the consumer a boost when they’ve hit the 3:00 slump. But it’s also a time when parents are concerned about the effects of extra caffeine and sugar on their children, and the Food and Drug Administration says they want to look further into it before they can give their stamp of approval.

Though the gum has always been marketed with similar energy products rather than with candy, the company says they will comply with any regulations set forth. Each stick of gum contains around 40 milligrams of caffeine, which is the equivalent of half a cup of coffee.

  • http://webpronews beverly

    children are seeing adults buying this gum, It is way beyond caffeine amount for a day for children. remove it from checkout stands along with power drinks. Children see what parents and older teenage siblings are buying! You might as well give your young child adderal for the day,

  • Jerri Ray Johnson

    Shouldn’t have put it in in the first place, BUT are you now going to pull root beer, coke, mountain dew, etc. This society is so senseless that nothing is surprising any more. Does this mean if you pull the caffeinated gum that children will be saved from this horror like imprisoning us by taking our guns will save us from barry,nancy,harry,joe. Nope that will make us the same as the 60 million Soviets who surrendered to their kind and loving leaders. No way. I’d rather be shot than starve to death or bow to immoral authority.

    • http://rogerbaker.net Roger Baker

      Root beer doesn’t contain caffeine. That’s why it is so good for children.

  • Ra Gee

    When they started putting aspertame into their gum I stopped buying all of it

  • http://yahoo buck

    “Wrigley” (by which, I assume, you mean the Wrigley company (once, and perhaps still, based here in Chicago)) is ONE COMPANY. It is a SINGULAR NOUN. It takes a singular pronoun. The fourth word in your story should have been “its,” not “their.” I mean, really, you guys are supposed to be PROFESSIONAL writers? What did you study in college? Grave-digging?

    • Bob Medina

      I have never seen the name Wrigley chewing gum! I have a degree in English (old I know) but this is so sophomoric, it is ridiculous.

  • Bob Medina

    Well, let me see. Wrigley’s is pulling gum because of caffine? Kids are chewing gum. So, don’t let the kids chew the stuff. Parents are to blame not Wrigley’s. This scenario is like pulling candy off counters because of the sugar content. If you don’t want kids to have sugar or caffine for that matter,watch and make sure you don’t let your kids ingest such products I feel that this is a parent problem not a “Wrigley” problem…. So, Let’s all Pull the soft drinks off the market because of the caffine in them….Baloney!! Keep the gum on the shelves or where KIDS can’t get to them…..

  • Rev. B.

    Our nation has become “Upside-down”! We are allowing our government to rule us rather than serving us. I was taught all through school that “America is a free country”, where we as individuals have the right to make choices and decisions in our own lives. Unfortunately our government has turned into a Dicktatorship with BarryO at the top. What ever happened to “Liberty and Justice for all”? We want our “Freedom of Choice” returned to us as the God given Right which we were born into. Until such time, God bless America!


    Looks like they got themelves in a sticky situtation. All gum should be banned. Try SCRAPING it off the sidewalk the floors or from under the tables,bar counters, etc., etc. if you cannot dispose of it properly,SWALLOW THE DAM STUFF. :)OH-Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful mothers out there.