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Nov172010

Four Loko Manufacturer to Remove Caffeine from Products

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WABC-TV New York(CHICAGO) -- Phusion Projects, the manufacturer of the caffeinated alcoholic drink Four Loko, announced Tuesday that it will reformulate its products, removing caffeine from its drinks.  The company's announcement comes just as the Food and Drug Administration is set to ban Four Loko.

Along with the removal of caffeine, Phusion Projects will also extract guarana and taurine from its products nationwide.

In a statement, the company's three co-founders said, "We are taking this step after trying – unsuccessfully – to navigate a difficult and politically-charged regulatory environment at both the state and federal levels."

The FDA's position on caffeinated alcoholic drinks could come as early as Wednesday.  Four states -- Washington, Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma -- have already banned Four Loko in response to several recent incidents in which college students were hospitalized after consuming the drink.

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