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(CBS Charlotte) — Less than two weeks after Wrigley’s announced the launch of their new product, “Alert Energy Caffeine Gum,“ the company announced yesterday that it was temporarily withdrawing the caffeinated gum from the market — amid concerns about the effect of caffeine in food products.

(Related Article: Parents Beware: Wrigley Launches Caffeinated Gum)

In the meantime, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to evaluate products that contain caffeine. According to the FDA, some of these products may be linked to illnesses — some, which may have resulted in death.

While “Alert Energy Caffeine Gum” is intended for adults, and was not marketed to children, having the product on the market worried some parents — as they didn’t want the caffeinated gum to end up in the hands of their children.

Caffeine consumption amongst children can cause them to feel jittery and/or nervous. They can also experience headaches, an increased heart rate, and they may have difficulty sleeping.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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