Health Highlights: Feb. 15, 201302/15/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Monster Beverage Corp. Will Add Caffeine Content to Energy Drink
Monster Beverage Corp. says it is revising product labeling so
that its energy drinks are no longer classified as dietary
supplements, and the new labeling will include information on the
drinks' caffeine content.
The new labeling is required by U.S. Food and Drug
Administration guidelines for traditional drink products. The move
comes as energy drink makers face increasing pressure to alert
consumers to possible dangers of overconsumption of caffeine,
CBS/Associated Pressreported. Lawmakers have pressed the FDA
to examine the safety of caffeine levels in energy drinks.
Monster's CEO told industry tracker Beverage Digest that product
labeling for its energy drinks will switch from "Supplement Facts"
to "Nutrition Facts,"
Manufacturers of such drinks are currently allowed to categorize
them as either a dietary supplement or a traditional drink. Once a
product is classified as a traditional drink, companies are then
restricted to using ingredients that are approved food additives or
"generally recognized as safe," Elizabeth Campbell, a senior
adviser at EAS Consulting Group, specialists in FDA affairs, told
Accurate label information on energy drinks' caffeine content is
thought to be important to safeguard consumers' health. A recent
Consumer Reportsinvestigation found that caffeine levels
varied widely from brand to brand, leaving consumers with little
guidance on whether they were drinking more caffeine than was good
In October 2012, the FDA investigated five deaths and one heart
attack linked to Monster Energy Drinks dating back to 2004,
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