As per incident reports put forth by doctors and companies to U. S. Food and Drug Administration, energy drinks manufactured by Monster Beverage Corp. (MNST) have been claimed to be the reason behind the death of five people in the last year.
Shelly Burgess, an FDA spokeswoman, said, "The reports said the victims consume d Monster drinks prior to their deaths. However, the incidents are considered to be allegations, and no conclusion is drawn until an investigation is completed".
Following the incident reports being submitted, California-based Monster, Corona, has experienced a downfall in its share prices.
On the other hand, the FDA reports are being used against Monster. Last week, the company was legally challenged by parents of a 14-year-old in Maryland, who claimed that due to high levels of caffeine in the drink, their daughter died.
Following the dramatic increase in the number of people being admitted in emergency department after consuming such drinks, Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, has urged the federal agency to judge the caffeine amount allowed in such drinks.
In response, Burgess has affirmed that FDA is assessing the drinks and the different ingredients used in the drink along with their quantity. Further, FDA ensured that it will soon be proposing certain guidelines, which will confirm that the energy drinks are safe.
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