FDA Energy Drink Plans Earn Durbin’s Stamp; Firms Meet With Agency
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Senate critics say FDA “is moving forward in a number of areas to protect vulnerable populations against high levels of caffeine in energy drinks.” Monster Energy and Rockstar representatives tell FDA their products are safe. Rep. Markey asks FTC to scrutinize advertising for the products.
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Following media stories on deaths in AERs about energy drinks, Sens. Durbin and Blumenthal ask FDA to brief them on the agency’s investigation into the products, to assess health risks associated with caffeine consumption by adolescents, and to finalize guidance distinguishing liquid supplements from beverages.
FDA expects warning letters to four firms marketing alcoholic energy drinks to prompt a nationwide halt to sales of the products without further regulatory action.