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Chicago Aldermen To Hear Testimony On Proposed Energy Drink Ban

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    Sales of energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull are booming, and a new government survey shows that emergency room visits tied to highly-caffeinated energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011, mostly involving teens and young adults. The FDA said they will be reviewing the safety of energy drinks this spring. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013)

    Chicago's City Council will hear testimony Tuesday in connection with a proposed blanket ban on energy drinks within city limits.

    Ald. Ed Burke (14th) wants to ban the sale and distribution of some of the most popular drinks, such as Monster and Full Throttle, because of health concerns connected to the brands. An ordinance proposed earlier this year sites FDA data claiming at least five deaths since 2009 can be attributed to Monster Energy drinks.

    ER Visits Related to Energy Drinks Surging: Survey

    [LA] ER Visits Related to Energy Drinks Surging: Survey
    Sales of energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull are booming, and a new government survey shows that emergency room visits tied to highly-caffeinated energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011, mostly involving teens and young adults. The FDA said they will be reviewing the safety of energy drinks this spring. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013)

    "Kids are drinking more and more of them," Burke said in January. "And so Chicago ought to be on the forefront of public awareness and education about the potential dangers of these products."

    Dr. Howard Axe, president of the Chicago Medical Society, is scheduled to testify about risks associated with energy drink usage. Axe also will note a spike in emergency room visits related to energy drinks.

    Miami Man Blames Energy Drink for Heart Attack

    [MI] Miami Man Blames Energy Drink for Heart Attack
    When Richard Perez was 41 years old, and very physically fit, he had a heart attack. Perez said that two times a day, for about five years, he gulped down the energy boost known as 5-Hour Energy, and he says the drink is to blame for his condition. (Published Friday, Nov 16, 2012)

    Also expected to testify is Wendy Crossland, mother of 14-year-old Anais Fournier who died after consuming two 24-ounce cans of an energy drink within 24 hours.

    In a press conference Monday in Chicago, Monster Beverage hit back at a lawsuit alleging its energy drinks were responsible for Fournier's death, saying that no blood test was performed to confirm that the girl died of "caffeine toxicity."

    The company also said that evidence obtained as part of the lawsuit's discovery process shows the girl regularly had energy drinks and frequented Starbucks without incident.

    This summer, the New York state attorney general's office subpoenaed Monster as part of an investigation into how energy drinks are made and marketed. Subpoenas were also sent to Living Essentials, which makes 5-Hour Energy shots, and PepsiCo Inc., which makes AMP.

    Monster has stood by the safety of its drinks, which it says contain 240 milligrams of caffeine for a 24-ounce (680-gram) can, compared with 330 milligrams in a 16-ounce (453.5-gram) cup of Starbucks coffee.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.