Is there a legal limit for caffeine content?

The answer to that is it depends on the country. A few examples of laws related to caffeine content for food and drinks include the following:

In the United States there is a limit of 65mg of caffeine per 12 liquid ounce in beverages. This may only be for carbonated beverages. (What we call coke here in the south and my northern friends like to call pop.) There is also a limit of 200mg in pills such as Vivrin. For more info on caffeine contents in drinks check out  High Caffeine Pop from 'Energy Drinks' Revealed. Also check Ask Erowid for more specifics.

Here is the FDA regulation text:

[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 21, Volume 3]
[Revised as of April 1, 2003]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 21CFR182.1180]

[Page 462]




Subpart B--Multiple Purpose GRAS Food Substances

Sec. 182.1180 Caffeine.

(a) Product. Caffeine.
(b) Tolerance. 0.02 percent.
(c) Limitations, restrictions, or explanation. This substance is
generally recognized as safe when used in cola-type beverages in
accordance with good manufacturing practice.

This text is available at the GPO web site. Essentially what this means is that for a drink or food to fall within the FDA's guidelines 68 mgs per 12 oz is acceptable. Some drinks do have more. Most if not all energy drinks are legally classified as supplements. Supplements (vitamins and such) have a much lower oversight than food and drugs. Natural caffeine levels are also exempt from these regulations so coffee based drinks may have more caffeine than the limit without being classified as a supplement.

Australia has a limit of Australia 145mg of caffeine per liter for non-energy drinks which they refer to as "formulated caffeinated beverage" for legal purposes. Formulated caffeinated beverages can contain up to 320 mg/L of caffeine but not less than 145 mg/L of caffeine.

In parts of Northern Thailand it is completely illegal. It was outlawed as a precursor to meth.


amount of Caffeine permitted

Could someone tell me what is the amount / level of caffeine is allowed/permitted in Malaysia and Singapore, and please give me information that I can rely on for e.g website, publication or etc.

Excerpt from Malaysia Food

Excerpt from Malaysia Food Regulation 1985-354 (3) "Flavoured drink may contain caffeine-containing plant extract as permitted flavouring substance in a proportion not exceeding 200mg/litre." It's the same as CODEX and EU limit if I'm not mistaken.


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The quoted Australian limit is incorrect

The quote in the above article "Australia has a limit of Australia 145mg of caffeine per liter" is incorrect.

A limit is applied to formulated caffeinated beverages or FCB's (Red Bull, V energy etc) which is 320mg/litre as shown in the article below:

RE: The quoted Australian limit is incorrect

Thanks. I updated the article.

caffeine limits

In America, the FDA regulates the caffeine content in "sodas and colas" only, not commercial caffeinated beverages such as Starbucks products and energy drinks. A lethal dose of caffeine is 10 grams. There are, actually, energy drinks with over 312 mg/100 ml. Examples are Redline Power Rush, Mana Energy Potion, and Powershot. Many of these are only sold in small portions, however, due to the enormous caffeine content.

Caffeine Limit not so in the U.S

according to SoBe's website, they put 174 mg in 18 oz of "No Fear", so the limit of 65mg per 12 oz is not accurate considering that I purchase them here in California all the time.


possibly true but natural caffeine is not limited in the same way as added caffeine.

In norway it is something

In norway it is something like 150mg/liter... therfore many foreign energy drinks are illegal.. take the energy drink battery for an example.. norwegian sold version has about 150mg/liter... while the same drink sold other places have well above 150mg/liter!

so there you have it..


can a person buy pure caffeine like you can purchase a pound of sugar or salt?

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