Require Accurate Labels on Potentially Harmful Energy Drinks

Target: Living Essentials, LLC

Goal: Insist that Living Essentials, maker of 5-Hour Energy, accurately and clearly label the contents and potential risks of consuming their products

The Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating the cases of 13 individuals whose deaths may be linked to the consumption of 5-Hour Energy.  While it is nearly impossible to definitively prove that energy drinks caused their injuries, the evidence is piling up.

Since 2009, there have been 92 reports of injury to the FDA where 5-Hour Energy has been listed as the cause. These injuries include 33 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. Since caffeine occurs naturally in many plants and foods, the FDA has limited authority to regulate its use; however, it can pull a product from the shelves if it is deemed unsafe when used as instructed.

While there are instructions given on 5-Hour Energy, the ingredient label is far from complete. The caffeine content is not listed, giving users only a vague idea of how much caffeine they are really consuming. Additionally, the ingredients are listed as, “available in everyday foods – like broccoli, avocados, bananas and apples – or already in you. It contains zero sugar, four calories and as much caffeine as a cup of the leading premium coffee.” This label makes 5-Hour Energy seem akin to an apple or a banana, and therefore totally safe. In reality, the use of 5-Hour Energy and other energy drinks has been linked to heart attacks, seizures, and complications during pregnancy.

Energy drinks can be used safely when the directions are followed, but can be dangerous when coupled with soda, coffee, other sources of caffeine, and heart conditions. Sign the petition below, and tell Living Essentials that they need to accurately and completely label their products.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Living Essentials, LLC,

The consumption of energy drinks has been linked with heart attacks, seizures and complications during pregnancy. The death of 13 individuals proves that drinking 5-Hour Energy can be dangerous. I ask that you replace your misleading label with something more informative and accurate. People have a right to know the amount of caffeine they are consuming, and the ingredients that went into making 5-Hour Energy.

You claim that 5-Hour Energy is safe when used as directed. However, each person is unique, and what is safe for one may not be safe for another. Effectively labeling your product would allow consumers to make an informed decision, and decide what is safe for them. Please change your label include the amount of caffeine in each bottle, the ingredients, and the potential health risks.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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