FDA Links Monster Energy Drinks to 5 Deaths

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
October 23, 2012 Updated: October 24, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that Monster Energy drinks have been linked to the deaths of at least five and to one nonlethal heart attack.

FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess told CNN that the agency is “still looking into it,” but said that “adverse incident reports” were received, and that the reports involved Monster Energy drinks.

The reports were first revealed by The New York Times Monday. One of the reports involved a teenager from Maryland, Anais Fournier, who died last year due to a heart attack.

Fournier apparently drank two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy, which contain 240 milligrams of caffeine each and a slew of other additives, reported CNN, citing a lawsuit filed on Oct. 17.

Monster Beverage Corporation stated that while Fournier’s death was unfortunate, it will defend itself in court.

“Monster does not believe that its beverages are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier,” according to the company’s statement last week.

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