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After receiving a report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), both the federal government and the New York Attorney General's office are probing an investigation into the energy drink, 5-Hour Energy. The drink, according to the FDA, has been cited in 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations since 2008.
According to ABC News, The Michigan based company that distributes the 2 ounce drink that contains as much caffeine as two cups of coffee is now under federal investigation.
While one drink is unlikely to have any adverse effects on the consumer, multiple drink use has been linked to serious side effects.
"If someone is to use multiple cans, now is when we start to see some of the side effects," Dr. Sean Patrick Nord, USC Director of the Section of Toxicology, told ABC News. "You're getting astronomical amounts, 30 to 40 cups of coffee."
This is not the first time the FDA has probed energy drink manufacturers. In October, Monster energy, was allegedly linked to five deaths. Four Loco, an alcoholic energy drink was discontinued after the FDA ruled it unsafe. It has since been re-released in a much more toned down formula.
Living Essentials, the product manufacturer is standing behind its product.
The product itself is "intended for busy adults." Contrary to reports, the company stated that its product contains "about as much caffeine as a cup of the leading premium coffee."
"It's overblown. When it's in small quantities … It's like this -- water is good, but if you have too much you drown," CEO and founder Manoj Bhargava told Nightline.
Scientists agree to some extent with Bhargava. They say that it is almost impossible for an adult to overdose on caffeine. However, critics point out child-aged consumers, which may have underlying heart issues, as especially susceptible to health complications with the drink.