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A state attorney general is looking into Monster's advertisements, as well as ingredients

We knew energy drinks were trouble: new reports show that the Monster Energy Drink brand is being investigated by an unnamed state attorney general.

Though the SEC filing doesn't say who the state AG is, the AG is looking into the "advertising, marketing, promotion, ingredients, usage and sale" of Monster Energy Drinks, reports the Wall Street Journal. Monster Energy Drinks is the largest energy drink brand by volume of sales.

It's not the first time that the government has been wary of energy drinks; WSJ notes Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has already asked the FDA to investigate energy drinks for "potentially dangerous ingredients." And as Businessweek reminds us, everyone remembers the "black out in a can" by Four Loko; the company was forced to remove the caffeine from the drink.

Despite the warnings behind the highly caffeinated drinks, WSJ reports that energy drinks are the fastest rising sector in the beverage industry. The energy drink sector has made $8.9 billion last year, up from $7.7 billion in 2010. And despite the probe into Monster in July, net sales still rose to $592.6 million. That's a whole lot of bucks — we'll have to see if the probe will force the company to change its drink, like the death of Four Loko.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.


Monster energy drink investigated

The makers of Monster, an energy drink with the caffeine equivalent of seven cans of Coca-Cola, are being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after she consumed two of the beverages.

Anais Fournier, from Maryland, died of a heart attack in December after she drank two 24-ounce cans in two days.

US authorities are now investigating four other incidents in which people died soon after consuming the popular energy drink.

Anais’s parents allege that the high levels of caffeine overwhelmed their daughter’s heart and aggravated an existing medical condition, causing her death two days before Christmas last year. The two drinks together contained 480 milligrams of caffeine.

Wendy Crossland, her mother, said that the brightly-coloured cans were “death traps” for the young people they are marketed at.

“Nothing will replace the love and vitality of Anais,” she told the Record Herald. “I just want Monster Energy to know their product can kill.”

Documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US safety watchdog, show that since 2009 at least four people were reported to have died soon after drinking Monster.

The FDA reports, which also cite one non-fatal heart attack possibly linked to Monster, emerged during the course of the family lawsuit.

Other reports included complaints of vomiting, heart tremors and chest pain from people who had consumed the drink.

Shelly Burgess, a spokesman for the FDA, said no causal link had yet been established between the deaths and the energy drink.

“When FDA receives any adverse event report of a death or an injury we take it very seriously and we investigate each report diligently,” she said. “Under the law adverse event reports serve as a signal to FDA and do not prove causation between a product or ingredient and an adverse event. We continue to investigate the five deaths and the one heart attack associated with Monster energy drinks.”

If a link is established the FDA could rule that Monster was unsafe and force the company to stop selling or alter its composition to make it safe.

Monster, the top-selling energy drink the US, is sold in Britain and, like all high energy drinks, carries a label warning of its high caffeine content.

As of December next year it will be forced to warn that its product is “not suitable for children, pregnant women and persons sensitive to caffeine”.

A spokesman for Britain’s Food Standards Agency said there were no plans to investigate Monster.

The company strenuously denied any link between the deaths and its product saying it was “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks” and that it would contest Anais’s family’s lawsuit.

Monster Beverages’ share price fell more than 14 per cent following the news of the lawsuit and the FDA investigation.

The case is likely to increase calls in Congress for more regulation of energy drinks and for curbs on the strategy of aggressively marketing to young people.

Last month, two US senators wrote to the FDA asking the watchdog to begin an investigation into the ingredients used by energy drink makers and the impact high levels of caffeine could have on young people.