The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that the agency launched an investigation concerning five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack linked to consumption of the Monster Energy Drink. The Monster Energy Drink is a heavily caffeinated soda that has grown in popularity in recent years among those eager for a boost, especially young people.
Reports indicate that several people suffered adverse reactions after consuming the drink which contains a whopping 240 milligrams of caffeine. To put that number into some perspective, one Monster Energy Drink contains about seven times the caffeine in a typical 12-ounce can of soda.
The FDA issued a statement saying that it was taking the reports of death seriously and will begin a thorough investigation to determine if any action should be taken. Although the FDA caps the amount of caffeine in soda at 0.02 percent, there is no such limit for energy drinks, something that may need to change in the future. Though a response from the regulatory agency is a good thing, the timing leaves something to be desired as reports first surfaced back in 2004. The agency says so far there’s no proof that the drinks directly caused the deaths or injuries.