Monster energy drink has been receiving bad publicity in the recent years, but more so now with a lawsuit on their hands. In the past year, five deaths have been caused by Monster energy drinks, according to incident reports that doctors have to submit to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Recently, Anais Fournier, 14-years old from Riverside, California, died from consuming two 24-oz. Monster Energy drinks in a 24-hour period. Kevin Goldberg, a lawyer representing her parents, says they are seeking damages in court in excess of $25,000.
According to the lawsuit filed, the autopsy reports the death certificate the cause of the December 23, 2011, death of Anais Fournier was ‘cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity complicating mitral valve regurgitation in the setting of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.’ Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by extremely loose joints and easily damaged blood vessels, according to the National Institutes of Health website.
Anais Fournier’s parents lawyer, Kevin Goldberg cited in the Monster lawsuit of how the teenager died after consuming the Monster Energy drinks: “Teenager Anais Fournier was at home watching a movie when she went into cardiac arrest last December. Unconscious, Anais was rushed to the hospital. In an effort to save her life, doctors put Anais in an induced coma to reduce the brain swelling. Six days later she was removed from life support. The cause of death was caffeine toxicity according her doctors, the autopsy and death certificate. Anais had consumed two 24-oz. Monster Energy drinks in a 24-hour period, the last drink just hours prior to her death.”
Wall St. Cheat Sheet reported that the filing claims Monster drinks have “successfully avoided meaningful regulation of its product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration” by classifying the drink as a “dietary supplement” and not a “food” product. It also claims that the drink has inadequate labeling that “does nothing to attempt to warn of these severe health risks.”
Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, is asking the FDA to consider caffeine limits on energy drinks after emergency room visits involving energy drinks jumped from 2005 through 2009.
Each 24-oz. can of Monster energy drink contains 240 milligrams of caffeine, that’s the equivalent of having seven 12-oz. cans of Coca-Cola. If you ask me, that’s a lot of sugar and caffeine to have in one day.
Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman said in a statement, “FDA continues to evaluate the emerging science on a variety of ingredients, including caffeine.”
Monster is the largest U.S. energy drink maker by sales volume and has sold about $1.6 billion worth of energy drinks in the last year. That accounts for the majority of company’s revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Since 2006, it’s energy drink sales have tripled.
The company spokesman, Evan Pondel said, “Over the past 16 years Monster has sold more than 8 billion energy drinks, which have been safely consumed worldwide. Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier. Monster is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks.”
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