FDA Investigating "Monster" Deaths
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the deaths of people who drank multiple Monster brand high-caffeine energy drinks to see if there is any correlation between the two.
Robby jennerjohn is a student at Yakima Valley Community College.
Jennerjohn says he knows a thing or two when it comes to energy drinks.
"They are kind of addicting, because I know people that have 2 or 3 a day, and that's not good for you, I know that," said Jennerjohn.
According to reports submitted to the FDA, the Monster brand energy drink has been cited as a potential factor in 5 deaths over the past few years.
The most recent death, involved a 14 year old Maryland girl --- her parents are suing the company after claiming their daughter died from a heart failure after drinking two cans of Monster within 24 hours.
The also lawsuit notes that monster energy does not list the amount of caffeine in Monster energy -- and that the company is negligent in marketing the product to teens and young adults.
A 24 ounce can of Monster contains about 7 times the amount of caffeine as a can of Cola
Despite the issues surrounding monster energy drink, store owners say caffeinated beverages like that are still one of their most popular items, and they don't see sales going down anytime soon.
"People still come in every morning, they buy either coffee or energy drinks, epecially monsters. People will always need a pick me up, and right now it's either one or the other," said Shell Station Manager Nuvia Figueroa.
As for Robby Jennerjohn, he says energy drinks such as Monster would not pose such a threat if people obeyed one simple rule: Moderation.
"If you don't have 2 or 3 or 4 a day, then -- if you just have it once a week or twice a week, I think it's okay. But when you start doing too many of anything, then i think it's a bad thing," said Jennerjohn.
The FDA does not allow soda to have more than 0.002 percent caffeine, but energy drinks aren't subject to this limit.
Doctors tell us adults should limit their caffeine intake to 300 milligrams, or about four cups of coffee a day.