Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Girl, 14, 'died from heart attack after just two cans of Monster Energy drink' as FDA launches probe into five deaths from popular beverage

Health concerns: The FDA said it was investigating reports of five deaths and a non-fatal heart attack linked to highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drinks
  • Anais Fournier, from Maryland, had heart attack brought on by 'caffeine toxicity' two days before Christmas last year
  • Her parents have launched wrongful death suit over 'death trap' drink 
  • Monster is the leading U.S. energy drink by volume with 39% of market
  • Energy drink, described by the company as 'killer energy brew', contains seven times the amount of caffeine as can of cola

  • The FDA reported people had adverse reactions after they consumed Monster Energy Drink, which comes in 24-ounce cans and contain 240 milligrams of caffeine - or seven times the amount of the caffeine in a 12-ounce cola.
    The wrongful death suit, filed in California Superior Court in Riverside, said that after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy on consecutive days, Anais went into cardiac arrest.
    An autopsy revealed the teenager, from Hagerstown, Maryland, died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity that impeded her heart's ability to pump blood.

    'With their bright colors and names like Monster, Rockstar, and Full Throttle, these drinks are targeting teenagers with no oversight or accountability. These drinks are death traps for young, developing girls and boys, like my daughter, Anais.'
    Monster is the leading U.S. energy drink by volume with nearly 39 per cent of the market, but Austria's Red Bull has the highest share by revenue due to its premium price.
    The company touts Monster Energy Drink on its website as a 'killer energy brew' and 'the meanest energy supplement on the planet'.
    The cans bear labels stating that the drinks are not recommended for children and people who are sensitive to caffeine.

    Although the FDA is investigating the allegations, which date back to 2004, the agency said the reports don't necessarily prove that the drinks caused the deaths or injuries.
    'As with any reports of a death or injury the agency receives, we take them very seriously and investigate diligently,' Shelly Burgess said in a statement.
    Monster Beverage Corp said it does not believe its drinks are 'in any way responsible' for Miss Fournier's death.
    'Monster is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks,' the company said in a statement. It said it intends to vigorously defend itself in the suit.
    Monster's shares plunged $7.59, or 14.2 percent, to close at $45.73 in trading on Monday.

    Source : DailyMail

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