A national consumer rights law firm in California is suing Monster Beverage Corporation on behalf of more than 100 consumers that the firm claims were seriously injured as a result of the product. Injuries claimed range from heart attacks to stroke and kidney failure.
The firm argues that Monster was able to skirt regulation by the Food & Drug Administration, www.fda.gov, because the drinks were classified as a dietary supplement and not regulated by the FDA.
The suit alleges product defect, improper testing, lack of warnings, and concealment of side effects. One promotional slogan of Monster has been “one can never get too much of a good thing”.
Monster Energy drinks do not disclose caffeine levels. The FDA has suggested that 400 milligrams of caffeine a day from all sources is safe for adults, however there is far less data about safe levels for teenagers.