Monster sues city official over comments

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the energy drink maker reduce the amount of caffeine in its drinks and change its marketing practices.

The company, based in Corona, Calif., said it's being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year asked Monster Beverage Corp. to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe.

Monster said Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change wording on labels and marketing materials.

The energy drink industry has come under intense scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of deaths linked to energy drinks, although the agency has noted that the reports don't prove the drinks caused the deaths.

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