According to the latest news, the FDA, is all set to probe the link between 13 deaths and highly caffeinated drink 5 Hour Energy. According to the news published by the New York Times, the federal agency on Wednesday, confirmed the receipt of reports that the much talked soft drink may have been involved in a number of deaths and FDA is willing to scrutinize the case to get to the root of the cause.

The highly caffeinated soft drink market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the United States and is expecting total revenue of $9 billion which is an increase of 17 percent from the last fiscal year. However, various reports have established that since 2009, the caffeinated beverage “5 Hour Energy” has been mentioned in some 90 FDA filings. According to reports, various studies have been found that link the beverages to various serious and life threatening events like heart attacks, spontaneous abortion and convulsions.

According to the report, released by another federal agency “Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration”, around 13,000 emergency room visits in the year of 2009 were associated with highly caffeinated beverages. The step was taken by the agency after the caffeinated beverage was linked to five different deaths that were reported in the various adverse-events reporting to the agency.

Amelia Arria, one of the renowned epidemiologists in the University of Maryland Public Health, said that these caffeinated drinks are creating problems because of the concentration of caffeine in them. Due to the low volume of liquid the concentration of caffeine becomes high which leads to higher risks of health problems.

Unlike soft drinks, the FDA doesn’t regulate the concentration of caffeine in energy drinks that are usually marketed as dietary supplements across United States. According to experts, not only the concentration of caffeine is something that should be looked at and regulated by the FDA but other natural ingredients that are used as stimulants in these drinks should also be looked at and regulated by the federal agency. According to them the combination of caffeine and natural stimulants could be risky for those people particularly who are diagnosed with heart related problems.

According to a report by Consumer Report Magazine many of these energy drinks contain caffeine much more than is listed on the labels which is a matter of concern and should be scrutinized and probed adequately. There were many cases where the amount of caffeine was more than 20% above what was on the label.

What are 5 Hour Energy Drinks?

5-Hour Energy is a flavored energy drink, manufactured and marketed by Living Essentials, a dietary supplement products manufacturer based at Farmington Hills, Michigan. Like other dietary supplement and products, the 5 Hour Energy, complies with the provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act as regulated by the FDA and is a vegetarian product.

Ingredients of 5 Hour Energy Drinks: Most of the ingredients that are claimed to be found in these products by the company include:

  • Broccoli
  • Avocados
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Zero Sugar
  • Four Calories
  • As much caffeine as a cup of the leading premium coffee.