NEW YORK —
“There is evidence in the published scientific literature that the caffeine levels in energy drinks pose serious potential health risks,’’ the doctors and researchers wrote.
In their letter to Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA commissioner, the group argued that energy drink makers had failed to meet the regulatory burden placed on them to show that the ingredients used in their beverages were safe, specifically where children, adolescents, and young adults are concerned. As a result, the group urged the FDA to restrict caffeine content in the products and to require a caffeine content product label.
Energy drink makers have insisted that their products are safe and that their levels of caffeine, a stimulant, are on a par with other widely consumed drinks, like coffee.