Target: Margret Hamburg, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Implement stricter regulations on energy drinks after several deaths were linked to the beverages
Recently, a correlation has been drawn between Monster Energy Drinks and five deaths and one other heart attack from which the individual recovered. The five deaths in question were determined to have been caused by caffeine toxicity. Every one of these individuals was drinking Monster Energy Drinks before the time of death. The energy drink company’s response has so far been to either ignore the allegations or claim it had no idea that Monster was linked to any death.
Each Monster can, twenty-four ounces, contains as much caffeine as seven twelve-ounce soda cans. While the company puts labels on the cans saying that children and those who have adverse reactions to high levels of caffeine should not drink it, it has clearly not been enough to prevent these deaths.
With a large portion of Monster’s customers being teenagers and young adults, it is extremely alarming that Monster thinks words printed on a can is enough to let people know the dangers of drinking a Monster. When those very susceptible to caffeine toxicity are the ones drinking the product the most, more must be done to ensure their safety.
The Food and Drug Administration is set to investigate the linkage between the deaths and the energy drink, but more must be done to protect the consumers of this product. The amount of caffeine deemed as healthy is around 300 grams per day for adults. One of these energy drinks alone is almost at that level, meaning that if someone were to have any other caffeinated drink that day, he or she would be going over the healthy amount of caffeine relatively quickly.
Sign the petition letter below, and encourage the FDA to increase regulations on energy drinks. Energy drinks are growing in popularity and sales, and now that concrete evidence has been gathered about the dangers of these drinks, something more must be done. Consumers should not have to worry about whether or not their morning pick-me-up will give them caffeine toxicity and induce a heart attack. Please stand up for the consumer and let Monster know that customer health takes first priority.
Dear Margret A. Hamburg,
Recently, the energy drink Monster has been linked to five deaths. Along side these deaths, another Monster customer suffered a heart attack but luckily recovered. All of these incidents have been related to caffeine toxicity. As of yet, the company has not taken responsibility for its product’s involvement in these cases.
The amount of caffeine found in a single twenty-four ounce can of Monster is equivalent to an individual drinking seven twelve-ounce cans of regular soda pop. This level of caffeine is also equivalent to the healthy amount of caffeine an individual should drink in a day, meaning any other caffeine source could quickly put the customer at dangerous levels of caffeine in his or her system.
While Monster does have a warning on its cans saying that those who are children or sensitive to caffeine should not drink it, a good portion of Monster customers are teenagers and young adults. The label has obviously not done enough to protect consumers from the high levels of caffeine found in this drink. More should be done to ensure customer safety.
Please put more strict regulations on energy drinks. While your department’s investigation into the matter is a good first-step, more needs to be done to make sure these remain isolated incidents and not a reoccurring problem. The amount of caffeine in energy drinks should be regulated to safer levels. Consumers should not have to worry if their beverage will cause them to suffer from caffeine toxicity. Please give consumers that peace of mind, and put customer health first.
[Your Name Here]
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