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CORONA, Calif. -- Despite recent reports indicating five people have died after drinking Monster Energy drinks, and one lawsuit filed by the family of a Maryland teenager who died last year, the Monster Beverage Corp. is defending its product.
The company's public statement comes on the heels of incident reports filed with the Food and Drug Administration that state five people have died in the past three years, including 14-year-old Anais Fournier. However, the reports did not prove a direct link between the deaths and the popular caffeinated energy drinks. Nor do the FDA reports state if alcohol or drugs were involved in the deaths, as CSNews Online previously reported.
"Monster is saddened by the untimely passing of Anais Fournier, and its sympathies go out to her family. Monster does not believe that its products are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier and intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit," the Corona, Calif.-based company said in a statement.
Specifically, the company pointed out that:
- Tens of billions of energy drinks have been sold and safely consumed worldwide for approximately 25 years, including more than eight billion cans of Monster Energy that have been sold and safely consumed in the United States and around the world since 2002. The company monitors consumer communications it receives, is unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its products, and has never before been the subject of any lawsuit of this nature.
- Monster Energy drinks generally contain approximately 10 milligrams of caffeine from all sources per ounce. By comparison, the leading brands of coffeehouse brewed coffee contain on average more than 20 milligrams of caffeine per ounce. An entire 24-ounce can of Monster Energy contains about 240 milligrams of caffeine from all sources, which is around 30 percent less than the average caffeine contained in a medium-sized, 16-ounce cup of coffee house brewed coffee.
- Monster Energy drinks, including their ingredients and labeling, are in full compliance with all laws and regulations in each of the more than 70 countries in which they are sold.
- The FDA has stated that adverse event reports about a product do not mean that the reported event is caused by the product. The FDA has made it clear that it has not established any causal link between Monster Energy drinks and the reports it has received.
"Neither the science nor the facts support the allegations that have been made. Monster reiterates that its products are and have always been safe," the company added.