Monster Beverage still maintains in their opinion no fatalities have been linked positively to their caffeine-loaded "energy drinks". However, 13 possible energy drink-related deaths have occurred and Monster’s beverages have been cited in the deaths of five people during the past year.
U.S. Senators Durbin and Blumenthal have written to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting the government clarify whether energy drinks "qualify as dietary supplements." (Bloomberg News, 11/12/12) Monster still hanging tough, says "it hasn’t seen anything to substantiate any fatalities" caused by its beverage products. CEO of Monster Rodney Sacks was quoted by Alan Rappeport in the Financial Times of November 8, 2012, as saying the caffeine content in their beverages is "similar to that of coffee brewed in shops" and also that "the other stimulants in the drinks" would be considered safe if the FDA regulated its beverages. What "other stimulants"?
Anais Fournier is the teenager who died after drinking two 24-ounce Monster Energy drinks and suffering cardiac arrest. Mr. Sacks disputes any blame for Fournier’s death to Monster; his company is facing a lawsuit by Miss Fournier’s family. He also noted that other energy drinks on the market contain comparable or higher levels of caffeine than the Monster drinks. Perhaps an energy beverage named "Monster" really is just that.
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