Five people can be killed in the past year after drinking Monster Energy, a popular energy drink with high caffeine content, according to an incident report recently released by the Food and Drug Administration.
The report considered a submission with the FDA in cases involving drugs or medical devices, do not prove the relationship between Monster Energy and death or health problems. New records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the mother of a 14-year-old girl from Maryland who died in December of cardiac arrhythmia after drinking large cans of Monster Energy on two consecutive days.
(Tim Boyle / Getty Images) Last week, Wendy Crossland, her mother filed a lawsuit against the monster beverage, a publicly traded company in Corona, California, formerly known as Hansen Natural. The indictment alleges that Monster did not warned about the dangers of energy drinks, a company spokesman said last week that its product is safe and not the cause of death for teenagers.
Speaker, Judy Lin Sfetcu, Monster said it was "aware of deaths due to drink wherever they are."
In an interview, a F.D.A. Spokeswoman Shelly Burgess said the agency has received reports of five deaths possibly related to drinking, and other reports of heart attacks. The report covers the period from 2004 to June this year.
This report is not clear whether the incident involves other factors, such as alcohol or drugs. However, the number of reports that F.D.A. receives about any products that regulate generally too underestimate the true number of problems.
Publication of the document Monster Energy Congress could increase calls for more regulation of energy products industry. Monster Energy is one of the signs of energy drinks such as Red Bull and rock stars, and energy "shot", as the energy of 5 hours, the company will aggressively market the mapping teens and young adults.
In a statement, Ms Burgess, who F.D. A. The spokesman said it is the responsibility of the energy drink producer to investigate allegations of injury or death associated with it. He said the agency is still studying the case, but have yet to establish a causal link between the death and beverages.
The Monster Beverage produce various energy drinks with names such as Rehab Monster, Monster Assault and Heavy Metal Monster. Container label stating "not recommended" for some consumers, including children - a group of producers of alcoholic beverages as defined in 12 - and "sensitive" to caffeine.
Monster Energy did not immediately respond Monday to requests for comment from the FDA submission.
Under F.D.A. current rules, the company can not disclose the level of caffeine in their drinks, and you can choose to market as a beverage or food supplements. Regulatory categories with different standards and label elements.
While healthy adults consume caffeine in large amounts from sources such as coffee drinks, teas and energy medicine, which acts as a stimulant, can pose a risk for people with underlying conditions such as heart disease.
It's sort of 24-ounce Monster Energy in Maryland teenager, Anais Fournier, drink contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, three times the amount found in 8 ounce can of Red Bull and 50 milligrams more than 20 - Red Bull oz size.
The case file last week on behalf of the youth refers to the autopsy report and medical examiner said he died of "cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity" exacerbated existing heart problem.
A lawyer for the family, Kevin Goldberg, say 14 years to realize that he has been attached to the disease, but added that doctors told him not to limit physical activity or the use of caffeine.
In the April death of teen letter citing it, Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, urged the FDA to implement the level of caffeine in energy drinks.
In August, F.D.A. officials responded by saying that there was insufficient evidence to make a decision about the level of caffeine in energy drinks. However, the agency also said that he had received medical reports relating to the death of teenager from Maryland.