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(Scroll down for video) At least 13 deaths have been reported after the consumption of 5-hour ENERGY shots, according to the FDA.
Thirteen deaths have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration as adverse events after the consumption of the dietary supplement 5-Hour Energy, according to a statement from the FDA.
While anyone can report an adverse event, and although no cause and effect relationship has been established, the FDA said it is investigating, as required by law. A report does not mean that a product is responsible for or contributed to any health problems.
"If we find a relationship between the consumption of the product and the injuries, the FDA will take appropriate measures to reduce or eliminate the risk," the FDA said. "While the FDA investigates all reports to the extent possible, they do not always have access to all the information needed to conclusively determine the cause of the event," the FDA added in the statement.
As a dietary supplement, 5-Hour Energy is not required to disclose the amount of caffeine in the two ounces energy shot. Instead, the label on the five-hours ENERGY shots shows 1870 milligrams of an energy mix which includes taurine, caffeine and other ingredients.
A professional analysis of the shot found that it contains about 207 milligrams of caffeine. Red Bull, however, contains about 80 milligrams of caffeine in 8.4 ounces, while a large 16-ounce Pike Place Starbucks coffee contains about 330 mg of caffeine.
The 5-hour Energy distributor, Living Essentials LLC, said in a statement: "It is recommended on product labels and the website that people consume no more than two bottles of energy shots per day, with an interval of several hours apart. Consumers with caffeine sensitivities should consult a physician before taking it and can consider consuming the decaffeinated version.”
In addition to the deaths, there have been a total of 92 reports of patients, including 33 hospitalizations as adverse events to the 5-hour Energy shot, according to the FDA.