June 19, 2019

Web Ad for 5-hour Energy Pulled

The web ad for 5-hour Energy drink has, at least for now, stopped running a web ad criticized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Last week Food Poisoning Bulletin told you about the ad, which showed CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson saying it's difficult to die from caffeine because "Someone would really have to make an effort to consume 40 or so 200-mg caffeine tablets." CSPI says the use of that quote is deceptive, giving the false impression that Jacobson or CSPI endorsed the product. In addition, high caffeine levels in 5-hour Energy and other caffeinated drinks can cause many other health issues, including anxiety and insomnia. The product has been associated with convulsions and heart attacks. In fact, 5-hour Energy is under investigation by the FDA … [Read more...]

CSPI Warns Consumers About 5-Hour Energy Web Ads

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is warning consumers not to believe a new web ad for 5-hour Energy. The controversial drink is being investigated for its alleged role in 13 deaths. There have been reports from 92 people who became ill after using the product. The product is sold as a "nutritional supplement", so limits on caffeine that apply to soft drinks and other beverages do not apply to these beverages. Last year, trend data┬áreleased by the Drug Abuse Warning Network showed a sharp increase in the number of emergency room visits involving energy drinks. In 2005, there were 1,128 visits, and in 2009 there were 13,114 visits, representing a tenfold increase. About half of the visits were made by 18 to 25-year-old patients who combined the drinks with alcohol or other … [Read more...]

Monster Energy Drink Maker Sued Over Child’s Death

Monster Beverages is being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl from Maryland who died in December 11, 2011. She developed a heart arrhythmia after drinking cans of Monster Energy drink that is very high in caffeine. The lawsuit alleges that Monster did not warn about the health risks of its drinks. The drinks, and their caffeine content, are not regulated by the FDA since they are considered a "dietary supplement" and are not required to establish safety of their products or adhere to caffeine limits. Caffeine levels in soft drinks are limited to 0.02% or less of the product, which is about 71 mg in a 12 ounce soda. Teenagers should limit caffeine consumption to no more than 100 mg daily, according to pediatricians. FDA spokesperson Shelly Burgess said the government has, in the … [Read more...]

Would You Like Your Caffeinated Ocean Water with Milk or Cream?

A new study published in the July 2012 Marine Pollution Bulletin has found elevated levels of caffeine in the Pacific ocean waters off the coast of Oregon. Scientists from Portland State University and Washington State University in Vancouver included caffeine, a biologically active drug, in their survey of pollutants. Caffeine is a contaminant of freshwater and marine ecosystems. The amount of caffeine in seawater ranged from below the reporting limit of 8.5 ng/L to 44.7 ng/L. (ng/L is nanograms per liter.) Concentrations of caffeine in rivers and estuaries draining into the ocean were as high as 152.2 ng/L. The concentrations and occurrence didn't correlate with location near cities, but did correlate with storms. In other words, storms that trigger sewer overflows increase the … [Read more...]

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