Monster changes label to qualify as 'drink'
NEW YORK (AP) - Monster Beverage Corp is changing the labelling on its cans so that its energy drinks will no longer be considered dietary supplements, a move that changes the federal guidelines the drinks must follow.
Monster's chief executive officer told the industry tracker Beverage Digest that the cans will now list "Nutrition Facts" rather than "Supplement Facts", as well as disclosing caffeine content.
The change reflects the intensifying scrutiny energy drinks have come under over the past year, with lawmakers calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to look into the safety of the caffeine levels and other ingredients used in the drinks.
It also highlights the confusion consumers may encounter when it comes to the labelling of energy drinks, with companies having the discretion to categorise them as either dietary supplements or traditional drinks.