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Health Concerns Swirl Around Energy Drinks

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Sales of energy drinks in the United States have been soaring in recent years as major beverage companies have rolled out their own brands to compete with some of the brands that established the category.

While the concoctions of caffeine and other ingredients have been growing in popularity, there’ve been questions about the safety of the products, especially when they’re used by young people.

The Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing reports that suggest 5-Hour Energy shots may have been linked to some deaths. But there’s been no scientific evidence reported to prove any connection to the deaths.

The makers of 5-Hour Energy say the product is safe.

In Chicago, a city councilman is proposing a ban on the sale of energy drinks to those under the age of twenty-one.

There’ve been no reports of any effort in the Binghamton area to regulate the sale of the products.

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