The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is investigating five deaths and a non-fatal heart attack linked to Monster Energy drinks. A spokeswoman for the FDA said that it investigates every fatal incident and told MedPage Today, “We take it seriously and we’re looking into it.”
An attorney representing the family of a 14-year-old Maryland girl, who died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity, has filed a lawsuit in California, claiming that the two Monster Energy drinks she consumed in a 24-hour period led to her heart attack and death.
According to MedPage, energy drinks can contain three times the concentration of caffeine as a can of soda. One 16-oz can of Monster Energy contains the equivalent caffeine level of five cans of soda.
And those are the levels that are known. According to a study published in Consumer Reports, 11 of the 27 top-selling energy drinks in the U.S. don’t even specify the amount of caffeine in their beverages.
Why? According to a Monster Beverage Corp. official, “There is no legal or commercial business requirement to do so.”
The study found that of the 16 energy drinks that did list caffeine levels, five of them had more caffeine than was stated – the average amount was over 20 percent more. Other ingredients found in energy drinks can actually increase caffeine concentrations and can lead to potentially harmful drug interactions.
While the U.S. just recently started tracking adverse events linked to energy drinks, other countries have documented a plethora of health problems linked to their use. In the wake of the FDA probe, two U.S. Senators are calling for tighter regulations on them.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one due to the harmful effects of an energy drink, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, hospitalization, and other damages. If you have any questions about your legal rights, call the Tallahassee wrongful death lawyers at Farah & Farah. We’re at (800) 533-3555.