The FDA has declared that it is seriously investigating multiple energy drinks and supplements after numerous deaths have been linked to their use.Â Officials have associated 13 deaths to 5 hour Energy, a liquid â€śshotâ€ť that contains a high amount of caffeine. Furthermore, the parents of a 14 year old girl from Maryland are claiming that Monster Energy Drinks lead to their daughterâ€™s death. Her autopsy report attributed her death to â€ścardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.â€ť
The FDA claims that because many of the ingredients in the energy drinks are considered â€śsafeâ€ť and are not considered food additives, they are allowed to be added to conventional foods without FDA preapproval.
The FDA also stresses that even though the products have been singled out as damaging to multiple consumers, they are still carefully investigating and evaluating other possible causes before deciding whether the product actually caused the medical problem. The FDA continues to caution consumers that products marketed as â€śenergy shotsâ€ť or â€śenergy drinksâ€ť are not alternatives to rest or sleep, and to consult your health care provider before taking any kind of energy supplement.