FDA Urged to Require Warning Labels for Energy Drinks
A consumer group is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put warning labels on energy drinks.
About the Energy Drink Warning
FOX News reports that the Center of Science in the Public Interest has asked the FDA to put a warning label on energy drinks because the drinks have apparently been linked to 17 deaths since October 2012.
In the last decade, 34 people have died in the U.S. after consuming energy drinks; however, no official study has linked the deaths to the consumption of energy drinks.
The specific energy drinks in question are Monster, Rockstar, and 5-Hour energy beverages.
Energy drinks and their effects have been studied by the FDA, but the deaths could also have been caused by other unforeseen medical issues.
Scrutiny Over Energy Drink Safety Grows
Energy drinks are especially popular with teens and young adults who often use them for late night studying or partying. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Guarana, Taurine, and Caffeine are the most used ingredients in these drinks.
CSPI has also tried to get the FDA to lower the amount of caffeine allowed in the energy drinks. The new allotted amount would be equivalent to the amount of caffeine in Cola products.
None of the energy drink companies could be reached for comment.