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Monster Now Subject to FDA Regulation

Written by Faith Anderson on February 15, 2013
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Monster Now Subjected to FDA Regulation

To date, Monster and many other energy drinks have been categorized as dietary supplements, which means the manufacturing companies have avoided regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Having its beverage classified as a dietary supplement allowed Monster in the past to sell its energy drink without listing the ingredients or conforming to other food safety regulations established by the FDA. The Monster labeling change was disclosed this week after an interview with Monster CEO Rodney Sacks, and the new classification means that Monster energy drinks will now be designated as a food item by the FDA. This means that the company will be required to reveal the caffeine content of the beverages, will be restricted to ingredients that the FDA considers “generally recognized as safe,” and will list “Nutritional Facts” on the label instead of the current “Supplemental Facts.”

Possible Side Effects of Caffeinated Energy Drinks

Monster has faced significant criticism by those who claim that the company’s energy drinks are marketed as standard soft-drinks or beverages, which leads consumers to assume that there is federal oversight of their manufacture and composition. Because of the dietary supplement designation, however, the FDA has not required the highly-caffeinated energy drinks to undergo testing to establish that they are safe for consumers. Monster and other energy drinks like Rockstar, 5-Hour Energy and Red Bull combine large amounts of caffeine with other stimulants, such as taurine and guarana, to increase stamina and energy. However, serious concerns have been voiced in recent years about the potential side effects energy drinks may pose, especially among teens and young adults who often consume large amounts of the beverages.

Consult an Attorney to File a Product Liability Claim

According to recent research, it is possible to overdose on caffeine, and the resulting side effects can include heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia and possibly even death after consuming doses ranging from 200 to 400 milligrams. This risk is of particular concern for teens and young adults, the population most heavily targeted by energy drink marketing, who often consume multiple energy drinks in short periods of time to experience a “caffeine buzz” or induced burst of energy. The FDA has received at least 37 reports of adverse events involving Monster drinks since 2004, including at least five deaths reported over the past year and a sixth reported in 2009. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered an adverse reaction to Monster or another caffeinated energy drink like Rockstar or 5-Hour Energy, our consumer advocates can help you get in touch with a reputable lawyer in your area who has experience handling product liability claims.

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