Skip to comments.New York Probes Energy-Drink Makers
Posted on 08/28/2012 12:15:07 PM PDT by John W
New York's attorney general is investigating whether the multibillion-dollar energy-drink industry is deceiving consumers with misstatements about the ingredients and health value of its products.
Eric T. Schneiderman issued subpoenas in July to PepsiCo Inc. maker of AMP, Monster Beverage Corp. and Living Essentials LLC, maker of 5-hour Energy drink, according to a person familiar with the matter. The subpoenas asked for information on the companies' marketing and advertising practices.
The caffeine-heavy, carbonated beverages have become ubiquitous at grocery stores, gas stations and checkout counters across the country. Makers of the drinks, which are often sweetened with flavors such as grape or mixed berry, say they boost energy with a mix of additives including B-vitamins, taurine and ginseng. AMP's website, for example, says the B-vitamins and caffeine in its Boost drinks offers "the kick you need to tackle the early morning meeting." On its website, 5-hour Energy says it gives "hours of energy" with "no crash later."
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” Eric T. Schneiderman issued subpoenas...”
In order to get media attention for himself.
All this just to get the Michael Savage family? His son founded Rockstar Inc. Hey! It could be.
I actually like 5-Hour Energy
If I wake up on a Saturday Morning and dont want to waste what little time I have sleeping I drink one and its off I go
I get a lot of stuff done, then at the end of the day I feel happy I accomplished a lot and nicely tired out from hard work (a good feeling)
Once again, half of the Pols in Albany are on the take, the other half are on the make and this is what they are investigating, Energy Drinks? Pre-Loaded Caffiene Bombs?
So i guess NY has no other more important issue to deal with right now, like budgets, cops who can’t shoot, people fleeing, etc?
As long as they don't have salt, transfats, sugar, tobacco, baby formula, or gun powder in it and it isn't served on a tennis racket, what does he care?
“The caffeine-heavy, carbonated beverages ...”
The energy drinks mentioned are not “caffeine-heavy”. For instance, Red Bull, the original “energy-drink” contains less caffeine than an cup of ordinary coffee. The taurine, ginseng, vitamins, etc. are not just miscellaneous additives — they are the active ingredients that make the drinks work.
I use energy drinks occasionally & I can attest that they do what they claim to do. They give you a boost, without the jitters that would accompany a large dose of caffeine. (OTOH, if you guzzle these drinks to keep awake while binge drinking, you are a moron.)
There have been numerous articles pushing the “caffeine-heavy” theme. At first, I attributed that to laziness on the part of the “reporters” — accompanied by their complete ignorance on the subject. It would be too much to ask them to research the subject, before writing about it. That would require, for instance, actually reading the list of ingredients. Now, I’m convinced they’re simply lying to promote some twisted agenda or another.
I have no idea how we all survived before NY stepped in and started investigating. It is for our own good.
Anyone here seen a public school classroom with many young people who are/have been consuming mass quantities of these "energy drinks"? "Monster" is an appropriate description.
Which brings me to an almost totally unrelated issue with "Monster" branded energy drinks - their ultra-predatory copyright/trademark activity.
THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION FOR MONEY Here is an example:
A couple of sublingual B-12 tabs with a cuppa and I’m good to go - saves a ton of money that way.