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‘Monster’ Energy Drinks Under Investigation by FDA and SF City Attorney

By Mina Kim

Nineteen-year-old Malaysia Sanders stands in front of Friendly Liquor in San Francisco. She doesn't drink energy drinks anymore, but she did when she was 14 because she thought they were "cool." (Catherine Borgeson/KQED)

In the last few months, Southern California-based Monster Beverage has faced increasing questions about its energy drinks. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether the drinks are linked to five deaths, and there’s interest at the state and local level, too. Monster has until Friday to respond to a query from the San Francisco City Attorney.

The legal case of fourteen year-old Anais Fournier prompted the FDA to disclose that it’s investigating five deaths that could be linked to Monster Beverage. After the Maryland teen drank two large cans of Monster Energy within a 24 hour period, she went into cardiac arrest and died a few days later.

That was last year, and this October, Fournier’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monster Beverage of Corona. With those two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy, Fournier had consumed more than five times the daily amount of caffeine that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends is safe for teens. Continue reading