Most people would agree that children shouldn’t be drinking energy drinks.
That’s why the cities of San Francisco and New York are going after drink manufacturer Monster, accusing them of marketing their high-caffeine beverages to children.
The Christian Science Monitor
calls it a “joint probe,” so you know it’s serious. San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera filed a suit that claims Monster’s energy drinks are unhealthy for children, and the company is breaking California law by marketing them to minors.
A Monster spokeswoman denied the claims, telling the Associated Press that the drinks are not marketed to minors and contain half the caffeine of a 16 oz. cup of coffee.
Labels on Monster’s drink cans say the drinks are “not recommended for children, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant women, or women who are nursing.”
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Among the campaigns in question is the Monster Army, a social media site that encourages people to sign up and connect with other people who enjoy skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, BMX and similar extreme activities.
Another campaign, the “Monster Energy Player of the Game,” awards high school players with a four pack of the beverage, which the awardee is photographed holding.