The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports that Monster Energy Drink is linked to five deaths and a non-fatal heart attack. Reports of the FDA investigation come just a week after a family filed a wrongful death suit against the company, saying their daughter died after having consumed two, 24-ounce Monsters in a day. An autopsy indicates that the girl died of caffeine toxicity that caused cardiac arrhythmia.
Although the FDA is investigating the allegations, which date back to 2004, the agency said the reports don’t necessarily prove that the drinks caused the deaths or injuries.
The company, based in Corona, Calif., did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment on Monday, but said last week that it is “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks.” [USA Today]