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If some Illinois lawmakers have their way, popular energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull will face increased regulation. Two bills that have been introduced to the Illinois House of Representatives would make it illegal to sell or "deliver" an energy drink to anyone younger than 18. Advocates said the bill is necessary to save lives.
A City Council committee hearing earlier this month here failed to deliver a vote on a proposal to ban the sale of energy drinks in the Windy City. City council member Ed Burke's proposed citywide ban of the highly caffeinated beverages only led to an agreement of further discussion.
An analysis of seven previous studies showed the beverages appeared to disturb the heart's natural rhythm, which over time may lead to an irregular heartbeat or death and raise blood pressure. The FDA and other regulators have been investigating the drinks made by companies including Monster and Red Bull after being linked to hospitalizations and death."
State Rep. Laura Fine recently helped push House Bill 2379 out of the Human Services, brining Illinois one step closer to banning the sale of energy drinks to people under 18, according to a press release. "In the same way we protect our children from alcohol or tobacco, this bill will prevent our children from consuming dangerous levels of stimulants"
Readers have made up their minds about whether super-sized energy drinks should be sold - as health experts condemned a new 1.2 L V energy drinks being stocked at supermarkets in the reach of children. Nearly 2,000 people voted on our web poll, which asked the question: Should energy drinks be sold in family -sized bottles?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, caffeine is the most popular choice of drugs to help people stay awake. One way that has recently become popular to consume caffeine is through energy drinks, but they really might not be the cheapest way after all. With reports of deaths, the perception of energy drinks has started to change.
Surveys show that the percentage of college students who binge drink defined as five drinks for men and four drinks for women in two hours has held steady at about 40%, consistently more than non-college students. Combining alcohol with energy drinks has fueled students ability to drink more and longer.
The director of BU's Student Health Services voices her opinion. Any product promising energy that's "not naturally achieved" through sleep and diet "just seems not to be a great idea". Even students who overdo their coffee drinking, can be harmful and mess with their sleep schedule. They're pushing their bodies beyond whats normal and healthy.
The Suffolk County Board of Health this week said that it will suggest legislation to bane the sale of energy drinks to anyone younger than 19 years old, over concerns that the caffeine levels can be hazardous - or even deadly - to children. The board is expected to draft a letter calling of the ban that will be sent to the Suffolk Legislature and the FDA.
A letter was sent to the FTC Commission Chairman, Jon Leibowitz, calling for an investigation into advertising claims made by popular energy drinks such as 5-Hour Energy, Monster and Rockstar Energy. Claims that energy drinks make consumers feel "sharper and more alert" have not been substantiated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Long Island is considering imposing a drinking age on energy drinks, enraging hyper-caffeinated kids under 19. "It's not like we are going to OD on an energy drink," high school senior Courtney Perera, said, but the fact of the matter is, that there have been 13 deaths allegedly tied to energy drinks and zero to coffee and tea, just in case anyone is counting.
Banning the sale of energy drinks to minors could create a "slippery slope", a representative of the beverage industry warned Friday, two days after a local board in New York expressed its support for such a prohibition. Lawmakers and others have expressed grave concerns over the levels of caffeine and other ingredients in energy drinks.
In a letter, a democratic lawmaker, told the F.T.C. that he found claims made by the sellers of products like 5-Hour Energy, Monster Energy and Rockstar Energy particularly disturbing because they were often made to appeal to younger people. The request follows disclosures that the FDA received reports of 18 deaths in recents years.
Popular energy drinks are suspected to have caused the deaths of three teens-as well as serious side effects such as irregular heartbeat and amnesia in 35 other Canadian since 2003, according to reports filed with Health Canada. The three male teens, died after drinking Red Bull, which appears in more side-effect reports than other similar products.
In an extended interview with CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, 5-Hour Energy CEO Manoj Bhargava said his product is safe and contains ingredients that have been tested. The proof for him he says, is he drinks it every day and his son in his early 20s uses it. "I would not sell a product that my family wouldn't use" he said.
The FDA has publicly released records citing many people drinking Red Bull that were sent to the E.R. afterwards and that some of them had a life threatening condition. They have been associated with a handful of deaths. "If someone were to drink multiple cans, you're getting astronomical amounts, 30 to 40 cups of coffee" USC Director of Toxicology states.
Two U.S. senators - Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Connecticut Sen. Richard Bluementhal - are pushing the FDA to restrict caffeine levels in energy drinks, which have been linked to multiple deaths."There's increasing evidence of the very urgent and dangerous threats posed by these drinks because of their high levels of caffeine," Bluementhal said.
As more deaths and hospitalizations are linked to energy drinks, their creators still claim their innocence. A college student from WT tells me using energy while studying for finals left her hospitalized and in a lot of pain. Viri Diaz says between school and work, she found herself drinking 5-hour energy drinks as well as other drinks high in caffeine.
Federal officials have received reports of 13 deaths over the last four years that cited the possible involvement 5-Hour Energy, a highly caffeinated energy shot, according to the FDA. The disclosure of the reports is the second time in recent weeks that FDA filings citing energy drinks and deaths have emerged.
The U.S. FDA confirmed on Wednesday the receipt of reports that another caffeine drink, 5-Hour Energy, may have been involved in a number of deaths - in this case 13 over the past 4 years. The reports were first detailed by the New York Times on Wednesday. The news follows the disclosure last month that it was investing reports of five deaths that may be related to Monster Beverage's namesake drinks.
The FDA said that it has received reports of 13 deaths over the last four years that cite the involvement of 5-Hour Energy drinks, making it the latest caffeinated drink to get scrutiny from federal officials. The drink has been mentioned in 90 filings with the FDA including 13 deaths, heart attacks, convulsions and one spontaneous abortion.
Energy drinks are popular among Army members but they also could be messing with their sleep, according to a new government report. The research, found that 45 percent soldiers in the Army reported drinking at least one energy drink every day. And 14 percent of them reported drinking three or more energy drinks a day.
After repeated incidents including two deaths caused by wrongful consumption of energy Drinks, the Ministry of Commerce issued a decree last month banning sale of such drinks to those less than 16 years of age. The decree was in line with the World Health Organization regulations and the recommendations of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health.
Drink energy drinks and have more energy, become more alert, focused and invigorated. Really? Is that all we have to do, drink it and this magically happens? Wouldn't this be nice? But the reality is that energy drinks forget to mention the high sugar and caffeine content and all of the adverse side effects that go along with consuming energy drinks.
According to a recent Consumer Reports magazine study, 11 out of the 27 top-selling energy drinks in the country do not list how much caffeine they contain. The study also said that when the caffeine levels are listed that they are not always accurate, 5 out of the 16 drinks that gave a specific caffeine amount had more caffeine than was listed.
Monster Beverage Corp. is facing a class action lawsuit in California in the latest blow to the energy drink maker. Filed in Orange County Superior Court, the complaint contends Monster has failed to warn consumers about a "toxic and potentially lethal ingredient"; epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC).
When students reach for a can of Red Bull to keep them awake through an all-night study session, they may be getting more caffeine than they expect. A recent Consumer Reports study found that energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster do not always accurate report how much caffeine they contain if they report it at all.
San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera is giving Monster Beverage until the end of November to prove the company is not violating a state law of barring false advertising with statements like "you can never get too much of a good thing". Herrera says his office has received complaints about the popular teen energy drink.
Five individuals have died in recent years and the culprit is thought to be Monster Energy Drinks. More restrictions should be placed on these high caffeine drinks if people don't realize that the drinks are unnecessary and that there are plenty of alternatives. There are a wide variety of all natural foods and drinks that can replace these hazardous drinks.
Every company's worst nightmare just came true for Monster Energy: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is claiming that five people may have died over the last three years after consuming Monster's highly caffeinated drinks and the mother of one of the apparent victims filed a lawsuit against Monster last week.
Many popular energy drinks often mislabel the amount of caffeine in them, if they even label them at all, a new Consumer Reports study claims. A report published in the December 2012 issue of Consumer Reports tested 27 different top-selling energy drinks and shots for the amount of caffeine in one serving, based on manufacturer's serving size.
Consumer Reports magazine released a study Thursday that finds 11 of the 27 top-selling energy drinks in the U.S. do not specify caffeine amounts, and of the 16 drinks that did list amounts, five had more caffeine per serving than listed by an average of more than 20%. The study follows news that federal regulators are investigating.
The FDA continues the investigation into a string of deaths possibly linked to popular energy drinks. None of the deaths happened in New Mexico, but KRQE News 13 has learned there have been some visits to the hospital. "I started feeling heavy" says 17-year-old Briana Mesa. "I started going pale, I was told".