Rockstar Energy Drinks Receive FDA Warning Letter for Ginkgo

Posted on June 28, 2012 by

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On May 23rd, Rockstar, the manufacturer of Rockstar Roasted Coffee & Energy products: Premium Blended Mocha Cream & Coffee, Premium Blended Latte Cream & Coffee, and, Light Vanilla received a FDA Warning Letter for adulterating their products. Specifically the products contained Ginkgo biloba leaf extract (Ginkgo), which is an unapproved food additive.  

Because Rockstar is represented as conventional foods, and contains Ginkgo, which, according to FDA is not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) as a conventional food, they were sent the letter to change their labeling.

 Here are examples of the labeling in the letter:

 Premium Blended Mocha Cream & Coffee flavor

 - The statement of identity is “Rockstar Roasted Coffee & Energy Premium Blended Mocha Cream & Coffee.” Coffee is a beverage and a conventional food.

- The label states “Enjoy this fully refreshing beverage super chilled.”

- The product is similar to a typical canned beverage in packaging and appearance.

 Premium Blended Latte Cream & Coffee flavor

 - The statement of identity is “Rockstar Roasted Coffee & Energy Premium Blended Latte Cream & Coffee.” Coffee is a beverage and a conventional food.

- The label states “Enjoy this fully refreshing beverage super chilled.”

- The product is similar to a typical canned beverage in packaging and appearance.

 Light Vanilla flavor

 - The statement of identity is “Rockstar Roasted Coffee & Energy Light Vanilla.” Coffee is a beverage and a conventional food.

- The label states “Enjoy this fully refreshing beverage super chilled.”

- The product is similar to a typical canned beverage in packaging and appearance.

 Rockstar is in most retailers refrigerated cases right next to bottled water and soda.

The bottom line is that if a product is a conventional food and contains Ginkgo, it isn’t a conventional food under FDA regulations.

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