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Record #: O2013-364   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 1/17/2013 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 8-4 by adding new Section 8-4-019 regarding sale and distribution of energy drinks
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 8 - Offenses Affecting Public Peace, Morals & Welfare - Ch. 4 Public Peace & Welfare
Attachments: 1. O2013-364.pdf
Related files: R2015-407
Committee on Health and Environmental Protection


WHEREAS, highly caffeinated "energy drinks" like Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster, Full Throttle and 5 Hour Energy are popular among teenagers and young adults; and

WHEREAS, these unregulated beverages are sold side by side with sodas and fruit juices in gas stations, rest stops, pharmacies and grocery stores; and

WHEREAS, researchers found that these energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and warned of dangerous, even life threatening, effects on blood pressure, heart rate and brain function; and

WHEREAS, a 2010 Mayo article entitled "Energy Beverages: Content and Safety" cited "teens and young adults, both athletes and non-athletes, are consuming energy beverages at an alarming rate, we need to determine whether long-term use of energy beverages by this population will translate into effects later"; and

WHEREAS, the Food and Drug Administration has received reports that link at least five deaths since 2009 to a beverage called "Monster Energy"; and

WHEREAS, the most visible death happened in December 2011 when a 14 year old girl died suddenly from a heart arrhythmia that occurred when she drank two "Monster Energy" drinks over the course of two days; and

WHEREAS, manufacturers label these beverages as a "dietary supplement" which allows them to avoid federal regulation unlike the soda and juice industries; and

WHEREAS, producers of energy drinks are able to make unsubstantiated claims such as "enhances athletic performance" and "increases caloric burn and mental sharpness"; and

WHEREAS, these energy drinks fail to adequately warn of the inherent risks of ingesting concentrated amounts of caffeine; NOW THEREFORE


SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressly incorporated herein and made part hereof as though fully set forth herein.

SECTION 2. Chapter 9-102 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by creating a new Section 8...

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