NEW YORK – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating five deaths that are apparently the result of the deceased drinking the popular ‘Monster’ energy drink.
NDJ World | Published: Oct 23 2012 Health
The named energy drink, which has a higher caffeine content than it’s competitor Red Bull, allegedly also played a factor in one person having a none-fatal heart attack.
That incident apparently happened when that person drank one 680ml can of the Monster Energy Drink, which contains 280ml caffeine.
According to Sky News, Monster contains three times the amount of caffeine of Red Bull and seven times the amount of a can of coke.
The FDA says that the investigation doesn’t mean the Monster Energy Drink is actually responsible for the death.
“As soon as someone reports an injury, illness or death related to an eatable consumer product we then immediately began a serious investigation,” said the FDA.
The investigation focuses on the death of 14 year old Anais Fournier, who died in December 2011, 24 hours after drinking two Monster Energy cans.
Autopsy proved that Fournier had sustained arrhythmia caused by the excess caffeine, which turned fatal because of an inherit heart condition the teen had that damages the arteries.
Fournier’s parents were shocked that teens could purchase drinks with such high caffeine content.
The cans clearly state however that the beverage is not intended for young individuals and people sensitive to caffeine.
The investigation is ongoing.
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