Monster Energy Drink Citied For 5 Deaths Including Teen Girl
The Monster Energy drink, a popular beverage that is high in caffeine, is under investigation in five deaths.
Monster Beverage Corporation is being sued by the family of Anais Fournier, a 14-year-old Maryland girl with a heart condition, who died after drinking two cans of its product in a 24-hour period.
Anais Fournier’s family blames Monster, the highly caffeinated beverage, for their child’s death, and sued the company on Friday for failing to warn about the product’s dangers.
The FDA is now also investigating on reports of separate deaths linked to the popular energy drinks.
Anais Fournier, the young Maryland resident, died last December at the age of 14 from cardiac arrythmia due to caffeine toxicity after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy Drink in one 24-hour period.
Going into cardiac arrest, she was placed in an induced coma and died six days later on December 23, 2011.
While preparing for the lawsuit against Monster, Fournier’s mother filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Food and Drug Administration to see whether the corporation had been tied to any other deaths in recent years, and discovered five accounts.
While the FDA is investigating the allegations, which date back to 2004, the agency is also stating that the reports do not necessarily prove the drinks caused the deaths or injuries.
Each 24-ounce can contains 240 milligrams of caffeine – seven times the amount of caffeine found in a 12-ounce cola, but because the reports do not specify whether drugs or alcohol were factors in any of the other deaths, they don’t exactly prove that Monster Energy Drink is lethal.
Monster said it does not believe its energy drink was “in any way responsible” for the girl’s death and neither the science nor the facts support the allegations that have been made.
While an autopsy concluded she died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity, the medical examiner also found the girl had an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels.
The deaths could lead to FDA action on energy drinks, something Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has been urging since early this year.
While The FDA is still investigating further, Monster reiterates that its products are and have always been safe.