Monster Energy Drinks Killed 5 People: Reports
Company denies responsibility in death of teenage girl
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2012 4:41 PM CDT
An ad for Monster Energy drinks.   (Monster Energy)

(Newser) – Do Monster Energy drinks have unsafe levels of caffeine? The company's products killed five people over the past year and a sixth in 2009, according to reports submitted by doctors and companies to the FDA. Parents in Maryland have already used the reports in a lawsuit against Monster, America's most popular energy-drink maker, claiming caffeine toxicity killed their teenage daughter, Anais Fournier, Bloomberg News reports.

But Monster denies culpability in Fournier's death and "is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks," the company said. Behind the legal clash is a long-brewing battle over energy drinks in general. Sen. Dick Durbin wants to limit their caffeine levels because emergency room visits related to energy drinks soared 10-fold between 2005 and 2009—although half of those involved drugs or alcohol. Unlike sodas, energy drinks have no caffeine limits because they are often sold as dietary supplements.

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AznPandaMan
Oct 23, 2012 1:30 PM CDT
And whats that? Still no deaths from marijuana overdose? and since the largest growth of usage and medicinal recommendations have skyrocketed. 5 people killed per year is not considered unsafe.
ZAXXON
Oct 23, 2012 12:09 PM CDT
THE WORLDS NOT SHAKING ...I'M DRINKING MONSTER Britney calls it Liquid Crank
apocalypso
Oct 23, 2012 8:26 AM CDT
LOL, if only they had cared enough not to let her drink garbage.... Don't worry, they'll take care of the cash they win in their lawsuit MUCH better than they ever took care of their stupid kid.