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Apr 30, 2013 7:20 PM by Associated Press

Monster suing San Francisco over energy drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - 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., says it's being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year had asked Monster Beverage Corp. to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe.

Since then, Monster says Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change what it says on labels and marketing materials.

The suit comes at a time when 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.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights r

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