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No adverse reactions from energy drink: FDA

TAIPEI--Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said yesterday that there have been no local adverse reactions reported from people drinking an imported energy drink from the United States that has been reportedly linked to five deaths there.

Pan Chih-kuan, director of the FDA's Northern Center for Regional Administration, said the FDA has not received any reports of death or injury linked to consumption of the heavily caffeinated Monster Energy Drink.

Taiwan imported just 96 bottles of the drink in September, he said.

Yang Chen-chang, a toxicologist at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, advised the public to avoid ingesting more than 300 mg of caffeine per day.

Each bottle of the energy drink contains 240 mg of caffeine.

Foreign wire services reported that day that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack linked to the energy drink.

The administration, however, said that although it is investigating the allegations, which date back to 2004, the cases do not necessarily prove that they are linked to the drink, according to The Associated Press.

The investigation came after a wrongful death suit was filed Oct. 19 in Riverside, California by the parents of a 14-year-old teenage girl who died within 24 hours of drinking the Monster Energy Drink.

A statement released by Monster Beverage Corp., the energy drink maker, said that it is “unaware of any fatalities anywhere that have been caused by its drinks,” adding that it intended to vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit.

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