The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should ban powdered caffeine following the deaths of two people who consumed the substance for what turned out to be a lethal energy boost, top Senate Democrats said Tuesday.

{mosads}Swallowing one teaspoon of pure caffeine is as powerful as drinking 28 cups of coffee, according to the FDA.

The FDA has taken steps to restrict powdered caffeine marketing efforts by five companies, but it has yet to ban the substance. The senators pointed to another 19 companies that still sell it.

They said the FDA has been a “bitter disappointment” in dealing with the issue.

In a letter to the FDA sent Tuesday, Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Ed Markey (Mass.) urged the agency to ban the sale of powdered caffeine.

“It is disturbing that despite two unintended and untimely deaths associated with powdered caffeine, the FDA has done little to regulate these products or adequately enforce the standards in place to protect Americans,” the lawmakers wrote. 

“These products do not provide a way to measure a safe dosage per FDA recommendations, and are sold in quantities that could easily kill hundreds of individuals if ingested incorrectly,” they added.

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