Lawsuit Claims Monster Energy Drinks Are Unsafe

    January 15, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Monster drinks have been gaining in popularity over the last few years and nowadays it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing someone drinking one of these energy beverages. While there are numerous energy drink brands out there, Monster is one of the most popular, especially with teenagers.

While a recent lawsuit aims to stop energy drink companies such as the Monster Beverage Corp from marketing their energy products to children, health experts say the drinks are harmful to everyone, not just teens and youngsters.

Caffeinated Monster drinks contain on average, 240 mg of caffeine. That is over half of what is recommended for adults on a daily basis and more than double the recommended intake for children and teens. Considering most adults drink other caffeinated beverages throughout the day, including sodas and coffee, an energy drink can easily cause the average person to consume unsafe amounts of caffeine each day.

When it comes to energy drinks, adults are expected to know better than to fall for advertising gimmicks and to avoid consuming too many caffeinated beverages. Children and teens on the other hand, are much more easily influenced by television commercials and advertisements.

According to San Francisco attorney Dennis Herrera, who has filed a lawsuit against the Monster Beverage Corp, the company is aware that the ingredients used in their energy drinks are unsafe, but have failed to warn consumers of the risks involved with drinking the energy drinks.
Monster released a statement about the lawsuit saying,

“The sale and consumption of more than 10 billion Monster energy drinks worldwide over more than 11 years has shown that our products are safe. Contrary to allegations, they are not “highly caffeinated” and they are not marketed to children. In fact, a 16-ounce Monster Energy drink contains less than half the caffeine of a 16-oz (medium) size cup of Starbucks brewed coffee. Monster’s labels state: “Consume responsibly: Not recommended for children, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant women or women who are nursing.”

The FDA believes that caffeine itself is the real problem and not just energy drinks. It is the opinion of the energy drink companies and many consumers that the task of ensuring that children and teens do not drink energy drinks falls on the parents.

What do you think?

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  • Jeff

    Why doesn’t having the NYC governmentinvolved in this attack on a beverage company not surprise me? Must be because of yet another radical nut-job they recently anointed mayor. Just another case of Big Brother government stepping in to tell us all what we can drink, eat drive or do(Michele Obama must be smiling). IF these drinks are SOOOOO hazardous to teens, then do what they do with beer, cigarettes & alcohol….DON’T SELL IT TO MINORS.

  • Michael

    Bunch of nonsense. I personally drink Monster to replace coffee. As far a children, that is the parents’ job to educate and regulate. The schools could add it to health class and call it a day. Wow, what is happening? It is no different than Surge or Jolt and those should still be on the shelves as well. Can we just get the legislative branches to fix real problems like illegal aliens?

  • robert newton

    I have been drinking monster energy drinks off an on ever since I was in high school. if your gonna sit there an go after just the energy drink makers then also go after starbucks they are the ones marketing to kids an teens. you can’t pass a star bucks with out seeing teens an kids in line. yea monster has a warning lable does star bucks??? why not make it to we’re you have to be 18 to buy an consume… from monster supporter

  • Rajendra Biswas

    I might be that too much caffeine is bad..however monster claims there drink ginseng and taurine which can help..I took my first drink today and am seeing how it feels.however its better than those redbull marketing gimmicks… but IF people really want to file a lawsuit why not against more deadlier drugs like Antipsychotic medicines and psychiatry itself! why not cheap alcohol? or cigratees?…

  • Sheila

    I love monster drinks. . . . I drink one most every morning in place of coffee. They help me start the day off right. It irritates me that there are always a handful of people who have to totally abuse a product, get sick and blame the product instead of their own actions, and then everyone has to suffer because of their stupidity.

  • http://wsimpson.wordpress.com William D Simpson

    Actually up to 300mg is considered safe! Please get your facts before you start spreading a bunch of misinformation!