Blumenthal demands stronger regulation of energy drinks

“The FDA’s investigation of Monster Energy Drink, as a result five deaths and a heart attack linked to the product, underscores the urgent need to better regulate beverages that contain high levels of caffeine and other additives with stimulant properties — particularly when these types of drinks are consumed by children,” Blumenthal said in a statement Tuesday.

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Blumenthal and Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal Spending bill doesn't include Cruz internet fight Overnight Tech: GOP says internet fight isn't over | EU chief defends Apple tax ruling | Feds roll out self-driving car guidelines | Netflix's China worries MORE (D-Ill.) originally called on the FDA to investigate energy drinks during the summer, saying increased scrutiny is needed.

“These tragic deaths show the severe risks affecting certain consumers of these products,” Blumenthal said. “Stronger oversight and awareness are clearly necessary through warnings and other possible measures.”

Blumenthal serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.