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FDA Working to Remove Alcoholic Energy Drinks

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued letters of warning on November 17, 2010 to four manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages in an attempt to remove such products from store shelves. Phusion Projects LLC and United Brands Incorporated were two of the companies that received the notices. Both are makers of the popular drinks “Four Loko” and “Joose” respectively. According to the FDA, the addition of caffeine to alcoholic beverages has not been approved and is considered an unsafe food additive. The FDA website states that Phusion Projects now expects to have its products completely removed from store shelves by December 13th.  United Brands has also stated it will stop shipping its product and remove Joose drinks from the market by the same December 13 date.  

The Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t officially banned the controversial drinks from consumers. However, the organization has threatened seizure of the products is possible under federal law. The agency conducted a scientific review in order to determine the effects of caffeine and alcohol. The agency’s findings suggest the combination is unsafe and poses a public health concern.

Experts suggest when caffeine is mixed with alcohol it prevents people from recognizing sensory cues that make it difficult for people to know their own level of intoxication. The FDA believes their is a connection between this effect and risky behavior that could put people in life-threatening situations. Currently the agency is working with the manufacturers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages to make their products safe to sell on the open market once again. This includes the removal of caffeine from the flavored, alcoholic drinks.

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Written by ArthurVolpe

November 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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