San Francisco Questions Safety of Monster Energy Drinks
San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera is giving Monster Beverage Corporation until the end of November to prove the company is not violating a state law barring false advertising with statements like, “you can never get too much of a good thing”. Herrera says his office has received complaints about the popular teen drink.
“I want them to substantiate the safety of the drinks that they're promoting,” Herrera said Friday. “Young people are consuming these drinks in numbers, which really is a threat to their health and safety because of the high caffeine milligram content that they have.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine raises blood pressure and can cause abnormal heart rates. It recommends teens consume no more than 100 milligrams of caffeine a day. One 24-ounce can of Monster contains more than twice that amount.
Monster Beverage Corporation said in a statement that the drinks comply with all laws, and that a statement on the cans says the drinks are not recommended for children.
Federal officials are investigating whether the drinks are linked to five deaths nationwide.