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September 11, 2019


Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP has welcomed a decision to review the regulation of concentrated caffeine powder, following the death of a 21 year old Blackheath man earlier this year.


Speaking in Parliament this week, Ms Templeman said Lachlan Foote was just one day shy of his 22st birthday when he lost his life as a result of unwittingly consuming a lethal amount of the concentrated caffeine powder.


“On New Year's Day this year, after a night out with friends in Katoomba, 21-year-old Lachlan Foote headed home to Blackheath, gave his mum a great big hug and wished her a Happy New Year.


“Without proper instructions, he didn’t know that one teaspoon is the equivalent of 25 – 50 cups of coffee,” Ms Templeman said. “He didn't know that it would kill him.


“He suffered caffeine toxicity, and his parents, Nigel and Dawn, have been fighting ever since to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s child.


A day shy of his 22nd birthday, Lachlan suffered caffeine toxicity and his parents, Nigel and Dawn, have been fighting ever since that day to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else's child.


“Caffeine powder is extremely concentrated. It can easily trigger an overdose, or a heart attack. In the United States last year, another young man lost his life after unknowingly consuming a fatal dose and the country has banned concentrated caffeine powder since.


“Nigel Foote worries that without the same treatment, caffeine powder will continue to be bought and sold without consumers understanding its dangers.


“That’s why the Foote’s are fighting to bring awareness to the dangers of caffeine power. We have since brought it to the attention to Minister Hunt, in the hopes of greater legislative action. 


“We've bought this issue to the attention of Minister Hunt in the hope of speedy legislative action.


“After writing to the minister, I've been advised that Food Standards Australia New Zealand and the Therapeutic Goods Administration are working together to review the regulation of caffeine powder.


I can only hope that an outcome is fast for the Footes and that all Australians can be spared the sort of risk that their son faced and the tragic consequences”