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Monster Energy Drink 'Linked To Five Deaths'
The heavily-caffeinated Monster Energy Drink is being investigated by US officials for its reported link to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into claims that people had adverse reactions after they consumed the 24 oz (680ml) can, which contains 240 milligrams of caffeine.
It has three times more caffeine than an 8.4 oz (240ml) can of its nearest rival, Red Bull, and seven times the amount in a regular 12 oz (340ml) cola.
Although the FDA is investigating the allegations, which date back to 2004, the agency said the reports do not necessarily prove that the drinks caused the deaths or injuries.
"As with any reports of a death or injury the agency receives, we take them very seriously and investigate diligently," spokesperson Shelly Burgess said in a statement.
News of the FDA's investigation follows the launch of a wrongful death lawsuit in California, by the parents of a 14-year-old Maryland girl who died after drinking two Monster Energy Drinks in just 24 hours.
A post mortem examination found that Anais Fournier died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity that impeded her heart's ability to pump blood.
She also suffered from an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels. Her parents claim Monster failed to warn about the risks of drinking its products.
"I was shocked to learn the FDA can regulate caffeine in a can of soda, but not these huge energy drinks," her mother Wendy Crossland told The Record Herald.
"With their bright colors and names like Monster, Rockstar, and Full Throttle, these drinks are targeting teenagers with no oversight or accountability."
However labels on the cans do state that the drinks are not recommended for children and people who are sensitive to caffeine.
Monster said last week that it was "unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks".
The company is the market leader in the US for energy drinks with a 35% share, while Red Bull has 30% and Rockstar has 19%.
But the company's shares plunged $7.59, or 14.2%, to close at $45.73 in trading on Monday after news of the FDA investigation.
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what do you think?
I don't think people realise the dangers of caffeine, and this just proves it
im not shocked, that stuff is crazy
I work with people who guzzle this junk like it's water. What they dont realise is the more they drink the more they need as the body gets used to the caffeine. if you need cans of this rubbish to get through your usual day you need to re-evaluate your lifestyle.
What's wrong with good old corporation pop?
Sensational headlines again, theres just as much caffeine in a cup of coffee, the cans here are 500ml, I have one here in front of me, it clearly states on the back - High cafeine content 29mg/100ml so do the maths and it contains 145mg not the 240 stated. As stated by the Food Standards Agency the average cup of filter coffee contains 140mg, instant coffee 100mg
I was gonna say I'm sure people drink more caffeine a day in their coffee! Not a fan of energy drinks. Especially monster. Only tried it once. Yuck!
Oh thanks neil.i can have my coffees in the morning after all.
You can have six now, Shaun!
no the sugar proberly wouldnt be good for me.
LOVE GREEN MONSTER OOORAAHHHHH
I'm a heavy caffiene user anything upto 3 x 500ml red bulls n numerous cups of coffee and never ha any adverse effects
Liquid nitrogen in drinks, excess caffeine in drinks... My Great Uncle used to say "people dig their graves with their teeth" and it's still true 100 years later!
And i worry about my two cups of coffee in the morning.well maybe three.sometime four.not more than five though.
I hope they all get millions of dollers in comp yeh
Monster tastes better than all the other brands. I drink it if i have to drive far and do a days work then drive home
I tend to drink a few cans before making love to my wife,easier to get hold of than viagra
I think, from the report, that this might make you a different kind of stiff...