Report links 5-hour energy to several deaths
CEO responds to claims
- Duration 3:29
- Date Nov 15, 2012
CEO responds to claims
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You've almost certainly seen the commercials five hour energy.
Right now the FDA is said to be investigating claims that the popular pick me up is linked to a number of deaths.
Joining us now the CEO and founder of five hour energy among those -- got off.
-- rather -- the federal officials say that your drink is cited.
Linking it to thirteen deaths in this country.
Why I say about that.
Well actually it's so ridiculous claim because it to say something is linked.
It would be like saying you know if you drank bottled water today and thousands of people died the next day that somehow it's links.
If you look at deeper into it you'll find that there is it is really.
No cause there's no.
People that you know -- had.
Diseases to begin less -- three days later.
They guy didn't have nothing to do -- any -- more of their posters trying to collect some money.
-- wanted to make things -- people are after caffeine.
That actually you know for example Starbucks the large Starbucks has twice the caffeine that we have.
Not to throw Starbucks under the bus because caffeine actually is is a good thing the only.
Things that we get about caffeine from reporters.
Who really have no clue about what caffeine dusk can be in -- Yes -- well the the even the times report in the New York Times report out today reads thus -- says the filing of an incident report that's what these are.
With the FDA does not mean that a product was responsible for a death or an injury or contributed in any way to -- such reports can be fragmentary in nature and difficult to investigate.
So they seem to be saying.
There might not be any.
Smoke here -- there might not be any fire.
Yeah but the bad thing is a first -- blinked and thirteen deaths meanwhile and then the end and this golf and they say well.
When -- start off.
So this kind of sensationalism.
Which is false is not up to this did what we would expect from the New York Times now -- is a great paper.
And -- sort of this kind of mistake.
-- they shouldn't be making.
Did you started to get into the effects of caffeine on the body and if it is the case that if somebody has a battle hearts caffeine that's going to stimulate faster heart rate might not be a good product to adjust right.
What is certain cases I mean I spoke to some of I -- I spoke to one of the top cardiology.
Surgeons in the world at Cleveland clinic and he said.
That caffeine is neutral to the heart whether it's neither good nor bad -- they should really ask people like that who know what they're talking about.
Instead of just making claims and also -- mean look if if you're gonna go after testing but about coffee.
-- -- there's a hundred million.
Drinks a day now you could say it loudly and other -- that you know because they don't have to report anything therefore.
There's no lack.
So that's it's just false it's just taking little pieces of information.
And then turning into something which is false it's sad and I don't think -- -- I -- -- sold a billion and a half of those little energy shots.
And -- bergalis thank you for being with us and we'll juvenile on this story with the FE FDA.
Proceeds to do thank okay.
Thank you good to hear.