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Don't want your kids jacked up on caffeine? Better check the labels

The Food and Drug Administration said yesterday it will look into how caffeine in foods and snacks affects children. What spurred this? The FDA didn't say directly, but many people are pointing to a new "Alert Energy" gum by Wrigley that contains caffeine. The addictive ingredient is also showing up in other places, such as trail mix and jelly beans.

Health experts have been worried for a while now about the effects of caffeine-packed energy drinks on children and anyone who might have heart issues.

Really, folks, maybe we should all take a chill pill. (But only if the FDA says it's safe.)

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