Health authorities in the United States have launched an investigation into concentrated energy drinks after the deaths of 13 people have raised questions about their safety. And yesterday two MPs called for urgent action in Britain; one of whom wants a temporary ban on their sale to under-16s until all risks have been assessed.
The US public health regulator, the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), is looking into a highly potent over-the-counter product called
5-Hour Energy, which is available in Britain. A recent US government
survey suggested that energy drinks could be behind as many as 13,000
Emergency Room visits a year.
Since 2009, the FDA has received 90
complaints which refer specifically to 5-Hour Energy. More than 30 of
them involved life-threatening injuries, such as heart attacks and
convulsions. In one case, a consumer allegedly suffered a spontaneous
miscarriage. "The FDA is continuing to investigate reports of illness,
injury or death of people who took products marketed under the label
5-Hour Energy," a spokesman told the news agency AFP, promising swift
action if the drink is proven to have caused any deaths.
Source - Independent