Monster Energy Drinks have been cited in the deaths of at least five people over the past year, according to adverse event reports (AERS) submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The reports, which are voluntarily submitted and considered to be allegations only, said the victims consumed Monster products shortly before they died. In response to these developments, shares of Corona, CA.-based Monster fell to their lowest point since 2008.
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What’s the problem?
The five fatalities reported over the past year, as well as a sixth in 2009, were among 37 AERS involving Monster Energy Drinks submitted to the FDA since 2004. The administration has stated that it is currently in the process of working on draft guidelines to ensure that energy drinks are safe.“FDA continues to evaluate the emerging science on a variety of ingredients, including caffeine,” Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.
The new adverse event reports are being used by the parents of a 14-year-old Maryland girl who sued Monster Beverage Corp. last week, claiming their daughter died from caffeine toxicity after consuming the company’s popular energy drinks. According to the complaint, which was filed in Riverside, CA. state court, Anais Fournier had consumed two Monster drinks shortly before she died. For its part, Monster has said that its products did not cause the death, and that it intends to vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit.
“Over the past 16 years Monster has sold more than 8 billion energy drinks, which have been safely consumed worldwide,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier. Monster is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks.”
Energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull aren’t bound by FDA guidelines for caffeine the way sodas are, due to the fact that energy drinks are classified as dietary supplements. According to the lawsuit, Monster doesn’t list the amount of caffeine it contains on the can, only that it contains the ingredient along with the plant extract guarana and the amino acid taurine.
According to a 2008 report issued by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, energy drink labels should be updated to include warnings about the high amount of caffeine contained in them, and the potential side effects associated with elevated caffeine levels in the blood. Another study published earlier this year in the Medical Journal of Australia found complications associated with energy drinks to include heart palpitations, tremors, cardiac and neurological toxicity, as well as bizarre hallucinations and seizures.
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