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FDA Declares Four Loko, Similar Beverages Unsafe

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WABC-TV New York(WASHINGTON) -- In an expected move, the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday launched a crackdown on popular alcoholic caffeinated drinks such as Four Loko, declaring the products unsafe.

The FDA has notified four companies marketing the popular drinks that adding caffeine to alcohol was unsafe and unapproved.  The FDA stated in letters to the companies that if they do not take steps within 15 days to halt sales of the products, the regulatory agency would obtain a court order to bar them.

In a written statement, Joshua M. Sharfstein, the FDA's principal deputy commissioner, declared the agency “does not find support for the claim that the addition of caffeine to these alcoholic beverages is generally recognized as safe, which is the legal standard.  To the contrary, there is evidence that the combinations of caffeine and alcohol in these products pose a public health concern.”

The FDA announcement came one day after Phusion Projects, the maker of Four Loko, announced it was removing caffeine and two other ingredients from the product.

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