The consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put safety warnings on energy drinks, according to Reuters. The drinks have been linked to 17 deaths in the past two years.
The group wants the warning labels to tell consumers about the risk of heart attack, convulsion, and other adverse reaction to energy drinks.
CSPI says that while no study has proven that energy drinks have caused these deaths, 34 people have died in the United States in the past 10 years after consuming Monster, Rockstar or 5-Hour Energy. The group also is asking the FDA to reduce the amount of caffeine legally allowed in energy drinks to 71 milligrams per 12 ounces. This is the amount allowed in colas, the article notes.