Monster Beverage Corporation issued a statement Tuesday in response to inquiries it has received and numerous recent media reports in connection with a lawsuit that has been filed against the company by the family of 14-year old Anais Fournier, who died last December.
The full text of the statement is as follows:
Monster is saddened by the untimely passing of Anais Fournier, and its sympathies go out to her family. Monster does not believe that its products are in any way responsible for the death of Ms. Fournier and intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit. The company wishes to point out that:
-- Tens of billions of energy drinks have been sold and safely consumed
worldwide for approximately 25 years, including more than 8 billion cans
of Monster Energy that have been sold and safely consumed in the
United States and around the world since 2002. The company monitors
consumer communications it receives, is unaware of any fatality anywhere
that has been caused by its products, and has never before been the
subject of any lawsuit of this nature.
-- Monster Energy drinks generally contain approximately 10 milligrams
of caffeine from all sources per ounce. By comparison, the leading
brands of coffee house brewed coffee contain on average more than 20
milligrams of caffeine per ounce. An entire 24-ounce can of Monster
Energy contains about 240 milligrams of caffeine from all sources,
which is around 30 percent less than the average caffeine contained in a
medium-sized, 16-ounce cup of coffee house brewed coffee.
-- Monster Energy drinks, including their ingredients and labeling, are
in full compliance with all laws and regulations in each of the more
than 70 countries in which they are sold.
-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated that adverse
event reports about a product do not mean that the reported event is
caused by the product. The FDA has made it clear that it has not
established any causal link between Monster Energy drinks and the
reports it has received.
Neither the science nor the facts support the allegations that have been made. Monster reiterates that its products are and have always been safe.