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Lawmakers Want More Information On Energy Drink Labels

Letter From Congressmen Asks For Information On Labels

Congress is getting involved in the ongoing debate on energy drink labels. The issue has gained steam recently after a number of studies showed inconsistent labeling practices among the major caffeine-infused energy drink producers, and now senators and representatives are focusing their efforts on improving labels.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) recently joined Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in writing letters to energy drink makers, including 5-Hour Energy, Red Bull and Monster, asking the companies for insight into how they label products and what scientific measures they take to ensure labeling is correct.

Caffeine Labels Spotty On Energy Drinks
The attention lawmakers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are paying to energy drink labels comes after a string of deaths blamed on the drinks and a round of studies exposing the inconsistent labeling practices companies keep.

A recent Consumer Reports inquiry found 11 of the top 27 energy drinks sold in the U.S. do not specify the amount of caffeine in beverages. The 16 remaining drinks that did label caffeine levels were inaccurate: Five beverages had true caffeine levels 20 percent higher than what their labels claimed.