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FDA Investigating 13 Deaths Tied To 5-Hour Energy



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Since 2009 there have been 90 filings against the caffeinated shots, including more than 30 which were deemed serious or life-threatening. Symptoms include heart attacks, convulsion and one case of spontaneous abortion.

Officials are investigating 13 deaths over the past four years that may be tied to 5-hour Energy, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed on Wednesday.

FDA records obtained by the New York Times show that since 2009 there have been 90 filings against the caffeinated shots, including more than 30 which were deemed serious or life-threatening. Symptoms included heart attacks, convulsion and one case of spontaneous abortion.

FDA spokeswoman, Shelly Burgess, confirmed that the reports were filed by the company themselves.

5-hour Energy drinks are sold in 1.9-ounce containers known as shots. While they don’t label how much caffeine is in their bottles, a Consumer Reports investigation claimed that it could range from 6 mg in their 5-hour Decaf bottles to 242 mg in their 5-hour Energy extra strength bottles.

This isn’t the first time energy drinks have been under scrutiny from the FDA, CBS news reports. In late October, the organization announced they were investigating five deaths and one heart attack tied to Monster Energy drinks since 2004. Around that time, the parents of 14-year-old Anais Fournier, a girl who allegedly died after drinking two Monster Energy drink beverages within 24 hours, said they were suing the drink maker for failure to label the risks of drinking their product.

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