This next product was not marketed specifically as a food, but the FDA said it should have been based on how it works.
Breathable Foods' AeroShot caffeine inhalers deliver "airborne energy," according to its makers, by providing a caffeine boost on-the-go when users breathe in a dissolved fine powder from the lipstick-sized canister.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York had pressed the FDA in December 2011 to review AeroShot, saying he feared it would be used as a club drug that allows people to stay up all night drinking.
The FDA reviewed the product, and warned the company to change "misleading" labeling of its product as "inhalable caffeine," because the product is technically a dietary supplement that should be ingested. The agency also chastised the company for advertising it for use when "hitting the books," an activity common in children in adolescents.
In this Jan. 23, 2012 still photo
taken from video, students try free samples of AeroShot, an inhalable caffeine packed in a lipstick-sized canister, on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston. Harvard University engineering professor David Edwards, created AeroShot, which went on the market in late January.