Transcript for Mother in Dispute with Energy Drink Company
T, one mother who says s just trying to warn kids about those popular caffeinated energy drinks, but she got the attention of one of the biggest manufacturers. And she was told to back off or face a lawsuit. Abc's bob woodruff has the story. R. It's the fastest growing segment. But when deborah kennedy puished a newsletter telling parents they should never allow energy drinks, that the drinks are dangerous and that children have died from drinking them. Monster fired back with a cease and desist letter as she tells dr. Oz. Basically said I have to retract that statement or they'll threaten to sue me. I'm a mom with two young kids. I think it's atrocious. Reporter: Doctor bob arnot is the company's medical consultant. The industry has been especially hurt by a highly publicized lawsuit claiming that a 14-year-old girl had died of a cardiac arrhythmia, caused by caffeine toxicity after she consumed two 24-ounce cans of the drink. Monster denies any responsibility in her death. She also had an underlying heart condition. No link has been proven. If every child really and truly believed as they were growing up that energy drinks would kill you, it would definitely hurt the market. But energy drinks like monster are the subject of a recent government report that found that in 2011, there were over 10,000 emergency department visits involving solely energy drinks. On your bottle, you say, "not recommended for children," so if you're not going to market to kids, why can't I say this? So, yeah, I'm getting quite the backlash. Reporter: But the controversy isn't going to end soon, because now the company is marketing their drinks, as a beverage, instead of a dietary supplement. Which meends they will no longer have to report claims about adverse effect to the government. The good news for consumers means the change means the amount of caffeine must be put on the label. And keep in mind, this amount of caffeine is about half as much as the caffeine in the starbucks.
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