Washington, D.C.—In response to the growing number of adverse events related to energy drinks (especially from teens), three politicians—Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)—investigated several companies that market energy drinks. The results of this investigation, released on April 10, revealed a label discrepancy between similar products on the market, false caffeine disclosure, and a youth-focused marketing campaign designed to emulate alcoholic beverages.
If hoofing it up, down, around and beneath Capitol Hill at the 16th annual Natural Products Day taught me one thing, it’s that our elected officials must be taking their vitamins. That’s the only way they’d have the physical and mental energy to navigate the labyrinthine series of hallways, stairwells and offices that comprise and connect the Senate and House office buildings.
It’s been 25 years since Sabinsa Corporation opened its doors, and the company is still innovating every step of the way. The firm marked the event at Expo West with a cake and champagne for colleagues and friends.
Hauppauge, NY—Thanks to Suffolk County lawmakers, popular energy drinks, like Red Bull and Monster, may no longer be easy for Long Island teens to get their hands on. Three bills were approved on March 19, and are now awaiting County Executive Steve Bellone to sign them into law. They included prohibiting the sale of energy drinks to minors at parks and beaches; stopping the mailing of energy drinks coupons and samples to minors; and initiating a public awareness campaign about the possible health effects of energy drinks.
Washington, D.C.—In mid-March, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of adverse event reports (AERs) when it comes to dietary supplements. This report was developed at the request of Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). At their prodding, GAO examined the number and source of AERs FDA received since 2008; any actions FDA took to make sure companies complied with AER requirements; and what FDA has done to follow up on GAO’s 2009 recommendations for enhancing its oversight of dietary supplements.