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Learned more today about the fourteen year old girl whose parents are suing the monster energy drink company.
They claim she died after she drank two cans of monster over 24 hour period.
According to lawsuit the girl had already been suffering from the disorder that -- her blood vessels and autopsy found that quote caffeine toxicity.
Impaired her heart's ability to pump blood.
Just yesterday the Food and Drug Administration announced an investigation.
It -- potential links between monster and that girl's death plus four other deaths and -- heart attack.
The company claims it will vigorously defend itself against -- lawsuits stores across the country still sell its highly caffeinated drinks.
-- names like monster rehab Java monster and anti gravity monster interest rates -- nitrous technology.
Trace Gallagher is in our West Coast newsroom on the heels of that mouthful there -- a lot of caffeine in these things -- Yeah -- get -- about 24 ounces -- in Baghdad about 240 milligrams of caffeine that's about equal to seven cans of Coca-Cola but it's less then.
Of copying -- from Starbucks now keep in mind that monster is listed as a dietary supplement not a food so the FDA does not regulate the caffeine content.
The mother of the fourteen year old who died says and I'm quoting here.
I was shocked to learn the FDA can regulate caffeine in a canned soda but not these huge energy drinks.
These drinks are death traps for young developing girls.
Like my daughter.
Some doctors say in certain people the energy drinks are risky listen.
People that are we call slow.
Metabolize -- of caffeine.
Tend to have more problems with cardiac or heart problems heart re seeing.
Chest pain things like that so that if you are very sensitive caffeine.
You may have a problem with these energy drinks.
The family of the fourteen year old girl is pushing to get these drinks regulated by the FDH what else are we hearing from monster -- Well -- -- on its condolences to the -- -- the fourteen year old girl but said that over the past 45 years the company has sold eight.
Billion cans of monster energy drinks and seventy companies and have never heard of a fatality.
And have never been sued monster does not believe it's responsible for the girl's death saying.
And I'm quoting here neither the science nor the facts support the allegations that have been made monster reiterates.
That its products are and have always -- safe.
Monster sells about ten different kinds of energy drinks chapter Trace anything from the Food and Drug Administration.
Well the FDA has not made a public statement yet but they made it very clear to us they are investigating all five of these deaths that might be linked to monster drinks.
Going on to say and I'm quoting here.
Adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation.
Between a product or ingredient and an adverse event.
In other words there's no proof yet that monster is responsible for any of these deaths kept Trace Gallagher live in Los Angeles Trace --
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