Energy drinks: the new frontier for food advocacy?
I am an avid follower of NutraIngredients-USA.com, a daily newsletter for the food industry. Today, it collects its recent articles on energy drinks in one place.
- Monster Beverage Corporation: Alarmist DAWN report is highly misleading
- Legislators seek info from energy drink manufacturers
- Shot in the arm: The secret to success in shots… without going head to head with 5-Hour Energy…
- Majority of caffeine-containing supplements have inaccurate labels, claims study
- New Canadian caffeine limits part of growing pressure on energy drink sector
- Monster hit with another suit over advertising, caffeine content
- Senators tilt at Red Bull as FDA hints at energy action
- Durbin seeks meeting with FDA following 5-Hour adverse events news
- 5-Hour Energy: Adverse event reports do not prove that our shots caused 13 deaths
- New lawsuit targets Monster and its ‘dangerous and potentially lethal’ ingredient: EGCG
- Third time’s the charm: Durbin, Blumenthal call on FDA to investigate energy drinks
- Lawyer urges FDA to ban energy drink sales to minors after US teen death
- California company looking to create ‘synergy’ beverages category
The makers of energy drinks have managed to get away with positioning these products as healthier alternatives to regular soft drinks.
They also have gotten away with being able to add vitamins and minerals to them that the FDA would not permit in regular Coke or Pepsi.
Unfortunately for them, some manufacturers upped the caffeine to the point where it might be making people sick. Illnesses among energy drink users have focused attention on these products.
Are energy drinks the new frontier for food advocacy? I think so, and I’m guessing NutraIngredients-USA does too.