In the latest flare of concern over energy drinks, 5-Hour Energy shots have been cited in reports to the Food and Drug Administration as a potential factor in 13 deaths and 90 life-threatening incidents.
The popular energy beverage was mentioned in a variety of cases over the last four years, including heart attacks, convulsions, and one “spontaneous abortion.”
5-Hour Energy’s CEO refused to comment on the reports, but the company said in a statement that there is no evidence the drinks are dangerous and that it takes consumer safety “very seriously.” The FDA reports do not conclusively link the beverage to the deaths, and the company points out their shots have about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.
Earlier this fall, Monster energy drinks were cited in five deaths in reports to the FDA. Monster pointed out that those FDA reports were also inconclusive and maintains that its products are safe.